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Old 02-11-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I have a Motorola RAZR V3xx (I think) and it is time to replace my battery. I have been looking online after getting a quote of $42 from the AT&T store and the prices are all over the place. How can there be such a huge price differential for seemingly equivalent products? The only thing I know is that I want a lithium-ion battery but what else should I be looking for to ensure I get the one with the longest charge-holding capability and anything else that is important?
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Go on Ebay...you can get one for about a dollar plus shipping. Got one for my friends and he has had no problem with it.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I am looking for more specific information about the actual battery. I have actually seen one on Amazon for $1.25 but I need to know what the difference is between the OEM Amazon one and ones I have found elsewhere for anywhere from $25 to $40+ (also OEM). There has to be more to the difference than arbitrary pricing.
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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Some of the "OEM" batteries sold on ebay are Chinese fakes. I'd avoid that site for certain. There's no doubt in my mind that a big part of the price difference has to be the convenience/reliability factor of buying these parts where the wireless carriers have a sales desk, which includes the AT&T store as well as a lot of big box retailers. People going in because their phone doesn't work correctly aren't necessarily going to leave without a battery just so they can go home and comparison shop on the internet, so they're more likely to be willing to pay $40 or so.

I think you're unlikely to find anyone who can actually give opinions about different types of batteries here - how many batteries do people buy for a given phone, anyway? I'd go to Amazon.com, search for the battery you need, and sort the results by customer reviews. If 150 people give a battery an average 4 or 4.5 star rating it's probably going to work for you. There are also extended life batteries that come with a little door because they won't fit in the regular case.
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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A "little door?" What exactly does that look like? I like the idea of using Amazon as it keeps me from having to send personal information and credit card numbers to unknown vendors. But even with Amazon, there are a multitude of price variations and I just don't know what the differences are besides the price.
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:23 PM
 
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The extended life batteries are larger than the one that goes into your phone now. They're thicker, so they come with a replacement battery door that allows for the extra size. Some of the OEM batteries come with a replacement door, too, I noticed. As far as the variations between them and the corresponding price, I don't know. You might read the customer reviews for more info. You can go to the motorola web site and find the right one for your phone. If it's a V3xx, it's this one: Battery BZ60 (Slim -900mAh)- SNN5789C - Motorola USA (http://www.motorola.com/consumers/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=fb1c8c9a27f89110VgnVCM10000084 06b00aRCRD&vgnextchannel=b65832a609e89110VgnVCM100 0008406b00aRCRD - broken link)

Go to Amazon and search for it. Buy the cheapest one. Or buy one from the most reputable dealer. Here's one for less than ten bucks with S&H: Amazon.com: Motorola V3xx STD 900mAh Lithium Battery: Electronics

If you want an extended life battery you can search for one of those too. If it's a piece of junk and you can't return it for some reason, you're out ten bucks.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Thank you for this specific info, it is just what I wanted. I have now ordered a battery (from Amazon) and will see how it works out.
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