All micro usb cables are not created equal?
September 29, 2011 11:05 AM Subscribe
Why does the motorola branded micro usb cable that came with my droid phone both charge *AND* transfer data, but generic micro usb cables will only charge the phone?
posted by de void to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Recently got a Motorola Droid phone. It included a motorola-branded micro usb cable. I can use it to charge the phone and also transfer data back and forth between the phone and a computer.
I just bought some cheap, non-branded micro usb cables to sprinkle around home and work so I'd always be able to charge the phone. However, I've noticed that the non-branded micro usb cables will NOT transfer data, only charge.
Both cables appear to have the same number of metal contacts on each end.
So what gives, why does the motorola cable allow data transfer and the generics do not?