Originally Posted by racs
What's all the fuz about that charging dock maine. Just buy the 1 on ebay for 5 buks and stop complaining. The 1 they sell on ebay works great.
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Sorry, but the Pod doesn't do the same job at all. The Power Station allows you to store and charge your Phone, Bluetooth headset and spare battery in a single convenient place and unit, from a single power socket, so they're always topped up and ready to grab for your next road trip.
In the office it also holds your Blackberry securely at the right height and angle on your desk so you can use it in-situ with one finger, without it sliding around or flopping all over the desk.
It even gives you an extra USB charging socket for powering other devices (e.g. MP3 player).
You can't do that with a Pod.
The "fuz", and the point of this thread, is that RIM charged a shed-load of money for that convenience, with the assurance that the investment was sound and future-proof because the Power Station could be adapted for any Blackberry by way of the interchangable phone and battery holders.
Now they've renaged on that support by not providing any new phone holders since the 9000. Given that models in the Bold, Curve and Pearl series are still being introduced, it makes no sense to the customer (especially in these "eco" times) to render the Power Station half-useless and destined for land-fill for want of a cheap bit of plastic (especially as the "spare" charger can still be used with 9700 M series batteries).