Feature: VX8300 Accessory Guide

Monday, August 21, 2006

Cheap Accessories for the VX8300

Buying a VX8300, just like any other cell phone purchase, often entails buying a whole bunch of accessories to go with it: a spare battery for longer talk time or as a replacement, a memory card and card reader for storing extra pictures and music, a car charger for those times when you need extra juice on the road, a case to protect the phone or attach it to your belt, and a Bluetooth dongle for data transfer.

There are so many different makers of aftermarket add-ons that it can be a real headache to acquire your accessories without breaking the bank. That's why I've come up with a little guide pointing you to some of the best deals on accessories for your VX8300.

For the best deals on cases, car chargers, wired and Bluetooth hands-free headsets, antennas, and belt clips, go to Wireless Emporium.
  • Their prices are a couple dollars more than Amazon's but they are cheaper in the end because they offer free shipping on all orders.
  • To shop there, go to Wireless Emporium, click LG under "Shop by Brand" on the left, and then click the VX8300 halfway down the page. At checkout, you can skip making an account with them by clicking the "Just Checkout" link.

For better deals on microSD cards, card readers, batteries, Bluetooth dongles, and stereo Bluetooth headphones, go to my VX8300 Accessories Store.
  • The two Bluetooth stereo headphones listed on that page come highly recommended by VX8300 users.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you give a step by step set of instructions on how to move music (WMA files) from my pc onto the memory card, and onto my lg vx8300. I've finally figured out to format the card in the phone, then I also moved a few music albums onto the card in "my music" section, but when I try to read the card on the phone, I get "no content". I've spent hrs trying to figure this out and searching the web, this site, etc for answers. Please, help me!

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am having problems doing this. I can get WMAs on the card just fine by syncing the phone with Windows Media Player (when the card is in the phone), but I wondered if it was possible to put the card in a USB card reader (not in the phone), copy the WMAs I want to the card and then stick the card back in the phone. I haven't spent a lot of time trying this yet, but wondered what I needed to know.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your store doesn't show any recommended Bluetooth headsets or Bluetooth car sets. Do you have any to recommend?

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well as long as everyone else is making suggestions here . . . . a good idea for a tutorial would be how to turn your cell phone into a modem for your laptop through bluetooth. I've seen such articles on other websites but they're highly confusing and not nearly as easy to comprehend as one from your blog would provide. ;-)

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, could you give a more detailed instruction on setting up HoTTProxy for the vx8300, i get a lost network connection warning. i chose as my homepage, if that matters.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

Sorry, I can't, as I don't use HoTTProxy myself. You can try their discussion forums for help. There are security risks to running your own proxy, so unless you're really sure you know what you're doing... well, just read up and be sure you know what you're doing.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Amazon store appears to have great deals like the $3.99 car charge until I got hit with shipping charges of $6.99 per item. Then the deals go from great to good. Oh well at least everthing was in one place

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


great site. has anyone figured out how to make a speakerphone call with the clam shell closed. right now if i am on a speakerphone call with the clam shell open, the call ends if i close the clam shell. quite annoying. i have had other clam shells that had the option of leaving the call alone when you close the clam shell. thank again for a great site.


10:36 AM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

Anonymous: Yikes, I'll look into this.

Al: Unfortunately, I don't think there's a way around this. Bad design, I know.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

I've updated the guide taking into account shipping prices. There should be better deals up there now.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the one above with the car charger comment. Well maybe it was worth the shipping charge because I ordered Thursday morning and it was here by Saturday, not bad. Plus even with inflated shipping the prices still beat wireless emporium

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Riccardo said...

CAn you tell me if the card reader you recommend (the SanDisk SDDR-103-A10 5 in 1) can read micro SD cards straight away, or if I'll need on of those SD card adapters for the micro SD to plug into before I can put it in the reader.



6:19 AM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

The product description says that it accepts Transflash (microSD) without the need for an adapter. So the answer to your question is yes. But all Sandisk microSD cards come with an SD adapter anyway, just in case you need one.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

Does anyone know if you can charge this phone by connecting it to a computer with a USB data cable? Have you done it? How long does it take compared with the wall charger? Any disadvantages to this? Thanks.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have bought two sets of car and home chargers from different sellers on Ebay, that were represented as working on the VX8300. None of them would fit the VX8300 plug. The second seller even took back the first ones, sent second ones that had supposedly been confirmed as fitting the 8300, yet they still did not fit. Any idea what is going on? Are the suppliers you recommend above definitely providing chargers that work with the 8300? Thanks.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

I don't use a car charger myself, but nobody has complained yet, so I'm pretty confident that the ones I list will work with the VX8300. Is it possible that the ones you already bought work with the VX8100? If so, it might just take a small modification of the plug to make it fit your VX8300. This is just a hunch, though, so you'll have to search around. The one in my store works and is certainly cheap enough, anyway.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a way to modify the menu structure, to tailor it to individual preferences? The "Get It Now" menu is superfluous if you elect to discontinue the V-Cast subscription, but you still have to navigate around those 'dead' options to get to the mp3 player functions.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Ruby said...

I was told that using some non LG brand charger can over charge and dammage the LG factory battery. I'm planning to purchase a car charger. How can I know if a charger is of good quality and what do I have to look for? Any recomendation?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


When I took my phone back to my local Verizon shop, the tech said that all chargers overcharge the battery (even the ones purchased directly from Verizon). She told me that battery damage from overcharging happens very gradually, so if you don't leave the phone plugged in for long hours (I was letting it recharge overnight) you shouldn't shorten its life signficantly. Be mindful that takes only about three hours to recharge fully. Hope this helps.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Joe Fitz said...

Got me a HT820 and it paired flawlessly with the vx8300. Using the V01 firmware and playing mp3s, it works great - BUT there's no volume control on the phone, and the lowest volume on the headset is WAY too loud - loud enough that anyone within a few feet of me can hear it.
Anyone found a way around this? Does the WMA player, or the V02 firmware fix this? I'd rather avoid recoding all my mp3s to cut their volume before uploading if i have another option.
The mp3 player may be feature barren - but it's simple and it works without confusion - just what i want.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous brie said...

I'm having a terrible experience with Wireless Emporium, by the way. I'm waiting nearly a month for something they said was shipped 1st class mail. I even reported it missing on the 15; they said they've sent a new one, and yet 10 days later, it's still not here.

I'm so dissapointed by them. Maybe it's just a fluke, but buyer beware.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Capolan said...

The sony erikson bluetooth earbuds -- does everything on those work as it should - i.e. the caller ID display and the music controls and such? -- its almost 2 times the price of the motoHT820 headset and I just want to get a compairison of the two before I buy. Any suggestions out there?

3:54 PM  
Anonymous mpd said...

Hey, Andy, I really appreciate your blog. I got my VX8300 about a month ago, had the software upgraded to v3 today, and am ready to buy myself a two gig MicroSD card. If you put a link to it in your online shop, I'll get the card from through it. I'll check back in a couple of days.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

Hi mpd,
Glad you like the site. I've added the 2gb card to the store. I appreciate your support.
Thanks, Andy.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Thor said...

I don't have a USB cable to attach to my phone, but I do have a mini SD card... I'm assuming I must have the cable in order to access the phone's system files... I would love to get free WAP but I need a cable- where did you get yours, any suggestions? Thanks so much, this site is one of the best finds I've made.

12:19 AM  
Blogger bex said...

I would encourage folks to look at:

They are cheap and reliable. I have placed multiple orders with them.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have two questions. First is it true that Kingsten IGB microSD card does not work with VX8300. 2nd Settingg dual time zone on Vx8300, my country is not displayed. Can it be updated through software so that my country is shown too.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the 8300 have any way to push an incoming call directly to voice mail if the case is closed. My old phone could do it. The VZW folks don't know if it has the capability.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the LG vx8300, is there a way to disable the cell phone's wireless antenna so you cannot send/receive calls, but just use the music player? I would like to listen to music on my phone on airplanes, but they only allow you to use a phone/PDA if you can disable the wireless. My blackberry has a 'turn off wireless' feature, but I am trying to figure out if there is a way to do this on the 8300.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To listen to music and not have the phone ring:
2-Settings and Tools
3-#5 Phone Settings
4-#1 Standalone Mode
5-On (OK)

6:45 PM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

Careful, turning on the Standalone mode means that your phone won't transmit or receive signals... meaning no phone functionaity at all. This feature was mainly designed for using the phone's media functions on a plane, where cell phones aren't permitted. So make sure you turn it off when you're done.

3:02 AM  

I've enjoyed responding to your hundreds of comments, but I've finally decided to disable comment posting now that I've created a better alternative. Please use the VX8300 forums for any further questions, where they'll me answered by me, or any number of other helpful VX8300 users.

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