Triple USB Port Car Charger

May 9, 2015

My family goes on at least two long road trips a year, and my three kids occupy themselves by using their iPhones, iPads, and Kindle readers. To keep their devices charged up, I have a 2-port USB charger that inserted into the car’s cigarette lighter port. One port could output 1 Amp of power, while the 2nd port would output 2 Amps. With the high power requirements of devices these days, It seemed that the 1 Amp port wasn’t good enough to charge the iPhones or iPads. So, my kids often fought over who got to use the 2 Amp port.

To resolve this issue for my upcoming road trips for this year, I did a little research on and decided to order the TROND 3 port USB charger. This device seemed to be of high quality construction, advertised to have 2.4 Amps of power for all three ports simultaneously.

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I tested it the other day by attaching two completely drained Android tablets and my Samsung S6 smartphone attached to a wireless charging pad. After driving around for 2 hours, both tablets were fully charged as well as my phone. So, this charger appears to work as advertised and only cost me $9.99 USD.

Magnetic Car Mount for my Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone

May 9, 2015

Normally when I’m driving in my car, I have my Samsung S6 smartphone connected via Bluetooth to the Ford Sync system and I’m listening to music streaming through the Pandora app or a podcast from the Pocketcasts app. My phone is either sitting in a center console cup holder or resting flat on a wireless charging pad on the front passenger seat. But, there are times when I wish I had my smartphone mounted up near the top of the dash so I can use it for navigation maps or seeing if I have any urgent notifications.

There are quite a few car mount options available, ranging from spring loaded holders with suction cups to attach to your car, or vent mounted devices. After reviewing several of them on, I decided to try the magnetic cell phone holder made by DAFQCO.

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This holder mounts to your car dash using a 3M self sticky pad. There is a metal ball attached to the mount, and on top of that is a magnetic base which can be swiveled around on the ball for different angles. You then place a small metal disk on the back of your phone, and you can then magnetically attach your phone to the car mount. What’s nice about this, is that you can place the holder base at any convenient location in your car, and your smartphone can be attached and detached very quickly with one hand.

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I’ve used this holder for two days now, and here’s my short review of the product. First, the 3M sticky pad does a very good job securing the holder base to my car dash (see below). I have no worries that it will fall off.


Since I have a tight-fit rubber case for my S6, I didn’t want to adhere the small metal disk to the back of my case. So instead, I place the disk in between my S6 phone and the case. Even through the rubber case, the magnet holder was strong enough to securely hold my S6 upright on the base. Note, that since my S6 has a wireless charging coil built-in near the center of the back of the phone, I place the metal disk near the bottom of my phone to not interfere with the wireless charging operation. I’m actually quite pleased so far with this product, and below you can see some photos of my previous HTC One attached to the mount in my 2013 Ford Explorer.




Here’s a photo of my Samsung S6 on the mount (you can see I placed the magnetic disk near the bottom of my phone).



I have to say that even though the magnetic base is pretty strong, the phone case I’m using does reduce the magnetic hold considerably. So far, my phone has stayed attached to the base while I’ve been driving on the local surface streets and on the highway, but could see running over a big pothole in the street and having my phone fall off the mount. Everything has been good for the last two days, but time will tell. I do know that having my phone mounted near my main console has been great for using Google Maps navigation and checking for incoming notifications. Extremely convenient, and doesn’t require me to hold my phone in my right hand when using Google Maps.

Should you get Smartphone Insurance?

April 26, 2015

samsung_phone_cracked-a9eebab88f4542a745a166c51250833bThis is a question I ask myself whenever I upgrade or buy a new smartphone. With the average list price of a smartphone costing upwards to $800-$1000 US these days (similar to a laptop!), do you also need to buy insurance to protect your investment? Unlike a laptop, you’re more likely to drop your smartphone or get it wet because you carry it with you almost the entire day. Although I’ve only dropped my smartphone three times in the last 5 years or so, most people drop their phones on a regular basis. For example, my two teenage nieces have iPhones and they’ve drop their phones numerous times; cracking the screen, breaking the display, and once my niece even ran over her phone in her car! In their situation, they took their iPhones to a nearby fixit shop which changed out the broken class for $150.

In my case, I just purchased a Samsung Galaxy S6 which cost nearly $800, so I wanted to protect my investment with some kind of insurance. Even though I rarely drop my phones, my concern was glass breakage (since there is glass on both the front and back of my S6), and water damage. Also, any possible damage to the LCD touch screen display due to drops or falls. Theft and loss wasn’t a concern, since I usually keep my phone in my front pants pocket and I’ve never lost a smartphone before. So, I surveyed a few common insurance options to see what would be the best for my situation.

AT&T’s Protection Plan (Asurion)

Nearly all cell phone carriers offers a protection plan where they apply a small monthly charge to your bill and you pay a deductible when you make an insurance claim. With AT&T, the cost is $6.95/month and with each claim you pay $199 (their plan covers damages and loss/theft). If you read terms and conditions of this coverage, you’ll see that AT&T uses a company called Asurion which handles the insurance claims. So, AT&T doesn’t provide the insurance coverage directly. Asurion will provide you with a refurbished phone or at their discretion provide you with a similar phone. The word “similar” could mean a phone of a different color or style, or even an entirely different model. They say this clause in their agreement is necessary in case your particular brand of phone doesn’t exist anymore, however, it also gives them freedom to provide you with any similar smartphone under this coverage plan. I’ll have to note, that the deductible for this plan starts out at $199 per claim, but it drops to $150 after 1 year and $100 after 2 years.

Personally, paying $6.95/mo and having a $199 deductible is rather expensive if I’m wanting insurance for glass breakage and/or water damage. And the fact I’m getting a refurbished unit from an insurance company really bothers me, especially after I’ve read numerous complains about Asurion’s service and practices.

If we use the scenario where I keep my phone for two years and I need to file a glass breakage claim within the first year, the cost would be $6.95 x 24 months + $199 = $365.80.

SquareTrade Protection Plan

SquareTrade is a very popular insurance company that provides coverage for Smartphones. If you check out their website, you’ll see that their most affordable plan costs $99 for two years of coverage with a $75 deductible per claim. Unlike AT&T, SquareTrade does not cover loss or theft, just physical damage (including cracked screens and water damage). So, this plan sounds pretty good until you read the terms and conditions. Similar to Asurion, you’ll see the clause, “Replacement parts will be new, rebuilt or non-original manufacturer’s parts that perform to the factory specifications of the product at Our sole option.” Also, at SquareTrade’s discretion will repair your damaged product or provide a cash settlement or a Gift Card reflecting the replacement cost of a new product, or replace your product with a product of like, kind, quality and functionality. So similar to Asurion, they have a lot of leeway on how to fulfill your claim request.

If we again use the scenario of keeping the phone for two years and filing one glass breakage claim within the first year, the cost would be $99 + $75 = $174, which is about half the cost of the Asurion plan.

Now, there’s several other protection plans available by other companies which are similar to Asurion and SquareTrade. Some are cheaper, some are more expensive, but they all seem to operate with similar terms and conditions. If you do a Google search of all of these companies, you’ll come across a lot of complains on service and length of the repair or reimbursement, etc. I personally want to avoid all those hassles and just have my broken smartphone fixed.

Samsung Protection Plus Mobile Elite Plan

A third option, is to sign up for Samsung’s own protection plan. This plan is basically an extended warranty for your Smartphone that also covers breakages from drops and water damage. Under this plan, you pay $99 for two years of coverage and a $75 deductible per claim. Also, if at some point you decide to cancel your coverage Samsung will refund you a pro-rated amount depending on when you cancel (SquareTrade does something similar).

In Samsung’s terms and conditions they will send you a refurbished unit within two days of approving your claim, and you return your damaged unit in the mailing box. Although they are providing a refurbished unit, I do feel more comfortable receiving such a unit from the manufacturer rather than a 3rd party insurance company. My belief, is that Samsung is a manufacturer that makes products and they want to keep their customers satisfied and buying more Samsung products since that is what generates revenue for them, while insurance companies like SquareTrade and Asurion generate revenue by customers not filing claims. I would think that Samsung has a big incentive to providing a top-notch refurbished unit versus what SquareTrade or Asurion would provide. But again, I’ve never filed a claim with any insurance company so I’m only speculating based on what I’ve read in online comments by other customers.

Examining our same glass breakage scenario, the cost would be $99 + $75 = $174, which is the same as with SquareTrade.

Local Fix-It Shops

Another viable option is to not get any insurance, and repair your phone when it gets broken. I live in the Seattle area, and there’s a popular shop called Jet City Repair which does iPhone and Samsung phone repairs. From their website they don’t have the Samsung Galaxy S6 listed (probably because it was only released two weeks ago), but cost to replace the glass front for a Galaxy S5 is $149. To replace the glass front, LCD screen and digitizer is $279. They state they can do the repairs usually in the same day, which is convenient. So, this is a viable option in case you opted out from getting insurance but need to have your damaged phone repaired. Of course, if dropping your phone caused more damage than just broken glass or LCD screen, who knows what the repair costs would be.


So in the end, insurance is something you buy for your own peace of mind. You’re paying a small upfront fee to avoid having to pay a huge replacement price later. Some people feel safe having insurance, while others feel paying the insurance fee is just a waste of money.

Personally, I decided to go with the Samsung Protection Plus Plan. My biggest fear is dropping my phone and breaking either the front or back glass. I’m going on a big 3-week road trip later this summer, and I’m concerned with drops and possible water damage during my travels. Paying $99 for Samsung’s extra coverage is worth it to me. I can always cancel and get a pro-rated refund if later I decide to drop coverage or upgrade to a new phone in 18 months or so. I also feel better getting a refurbished unit from Samsung rather than Asurion or SquareTrade.

Wireless Chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S6

April 25, 2015

I love wireless chargers. The first time I used one was with my old Palm Pixi Smartphone, where I’d just place the Pixi on the angled charger which held it by a magnet. No muss, no fuss, just convenient charging. Flash forward a few years and I’m doing it again with Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone.

Now, you can buy the official Samsung Wireless Charger for $49.99 US, which is kinda steep.

Samsung Wireless Charging Pad

Or, you can buy any generic Qi-standard charging pad or a PMA-compatible charging pad for the Samsung S6. There are several available on, which run from $12 to $40 US. I purchased three different charging pads, which I’ll discuss below.

First, I bought the Duracell Powermat from for $9.99, because it was so drastically reduced in price from the $99 list. Now, this charging pad uses the PMA-standard, but that will still work with my Samsung S6. Below is a picture of my Samsung S6 next to the Duracell Charging Pad.

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The Duracell charger is roughly the same size as my S6, but it is designed to charge two devices simultaneously. The picture below shows how you would position the S6 on the charger. The one bad thing about this charger, is that you need to hit the “sweet spot” when you place the S6 on it, otherwise it won’t charge. Also, this charger makes a strange tone sound when I place and remove the S6 from it. This can be an issue if you have the charging pad on a nightstand and you don’t want to disturb your sleeping spouse! But for $9.99, it was still a good deal for a wireless charging pad.

Duracell Powermat with Samsung S6

Duracell Powermat with Samsung S6

Next up, is the CHOE Stadium Wireless charging pad. I bought this from for $28 (list price $70). This charging pad has 3 coils, which supposedly makes it easier to make a charging connection (no worries about hitting the sweet spot).

CHOE Stadium Charging Pad

CHOE Stadium Charging Pad

This charging pad is slightly smaller than the S6 in height, and it works flawlessly with making a charging connection. Below is a picture of my S6 on the CHOE charger. There’s a small blue light on the charger that turns on when my S6 is charging, and the charger is silent (no sounds when you connect or disconnect the S6).

Samsung S6 charging on the CHOE Stadium Charging Pad

Samsung S6 charging on the CHOE Stadium Charging Pad

I use the CHOE Charging Pad on my home office desk to charge my S6 during the evenings and overnight.

I also wanted to get a wireless charger for my Ford Explorer Car, so I bought the PowerBot from Amazon for $15.00 US. As you can see below, the PowerBot is a round pad roughly the same width as my S6.

PowerBot Charging Pad

PowerBot Charging Pad

What I like about the PowerBot, is that is lightweight and had a rubber ring around the top surface. This helps to keep my S6 “stuck” to the charger while I drive around in my car. The input to the charger is a standard USB port, so I connect it to a Qualcomm-compatible Quick Charge 12V Auto Lighter for power. Below is a picture of my S6 on the PowerBot Charger.

S6 on the PowerBot Charging Pad

S6 on the PowerBot Charging Pad

The PowerBot has a green LED light that changes to Blue when the S6 is charging. Also, the PowerBot doesn’t make any sound or tones when you connect or disconnect the charging device.

I suppose my favorite of the three chargers is the PowerBot. I love the compactness, and I simply need to place the middle of the S6 on the PowerBot to initiate charging. In my car, I have the PowerBot resting on the passenger seat between the horizontal and vertical part of the seat.

One thing to note, is that the Duracell Powermat uses it’s own AC charger to power the charger. The CHOE and PowerBot chargers use a standard USB port, so they don’t come with an AC charger. In this case, you need to make sure you are supplying at least 2 Amps of power to the USB port otherwise the charger won’t work properly. In my case, I have a 5 port USB powered hub which outputs 5V at 2.4 Amps for each port.

Also, from the pictures you’ll see that I have a maroon colored case for my Samsung S6. Even with the case attached, all three chargers work fine to charge my S6.

Wireless charging is great, as it makes it easier for me since I don’t need to connect and disconnect USB cables. Also, it saves on the wear-and-tear of the USB port on my S6, which I certainly don’t want to break!


My Must Have Android Apps

April 25, 2015

When I upgrades smartphones from the HTC One M7 to the Samsung Galaxy S6, I decided to pare down the apps I’ve installed over the year to just the essentials for my use. Below is a list of installed apps which I find indispensable:

  • Android Central Forum
  • AccuWeather
  • Yahoo Weather
  • Agent
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Android Central
  • AudioGuru
  • AudioGuru Key
  • Authentaticator
  • AutoVoice
  • Barcode Scanner
  • BECU
  • Tasker
  • Chrome Browser
  • Concur
  • Google Drive
  • Dolphin Browser
  • Dropbox
  • Engadget
  • ES File Explorer
  • Evernote
  • Feedly
  • News Republic
  • Gmail
  • Great Clips
  • GSam Battery Monitor
  • Greenify
  • go41c
  • Hulu
  • JetBlue Airlines
  • Keep
  • Magnifier
  • MailClean
  • Maps
  • Out of Milk
  • Pandora
  • Plex
  • Play Music
  • Play Newstand
  • Pocket Casts
  • Power Toggles
  • QuickOffice
  • Remote Desktop
  • Roku
  • SafeinCloud
  • SD Maid Pro
  • SoundHound
  • Speedtest
  • Starbucks
  • Tasker
  • The Weather Channel
  • TripAdvisor
  • TripCase
  • Twitter
  • Wifi Analyzer
  • WiFi File Explorer Pro

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Upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone

April 25, 2015

images-1I’ve been using an HTC One M7 phone for the last two years on the AT&T network, and I just loved it. The phone’s build quality was great, as well as the vibrant screen and fast CPU. The only thing I didn’t like about the HTC One M7 was the terrible camera, which always produced blurry pictures for me. But just like anything, after two years technology can become obsolete. In addition, the lithium ion battery in smartphone seem to lose their charging ability after the two year mark, and as such most people will upgrade to the next greatest thing.

For me, I’m no different. However, my next phone would have to have substantial improvements over my HTC One M7 to warrant an upgrade. I originally intended to upgrade to the HTC One M9, since I liked my M7 so much. However, when HTC presented the M9 I was very underwhelmed. The M9 did have a larger screen than my M7, but it didn’t have many of the features that was presented in the new Samsung Galaxy S6. The M9 had a higher pixel camera, but online reviews stated the camera still took poor pictures. Also, there were reports of the M9 having heat issues, so HTC supposedly throttled the CPU of the phone to resolve it (and thus slowed it down).

The Samsung S6, had a slew of new features when compared to my HTC M7:

  • Wireless Charging
  • AMOLED Hi-Res 5.1″ Screen
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Heart Monitor Sensor
  • Camera which took excellent pictures
  • Metal and glass design
  • Thin and lightweight

The logical choice for me was to upgrade to the Samsung S6 over the HTC One M9. After trying out both devices at the AT&T store, that choice was firmly reinforced. So on April 10th, 2015 (launch day) I stopped by my local AT&T store and added the Samsung S6 to my Family Plan using the NEXT upgrade program.

I’ve had the S6 for two weeks now, and I love it. The screen is gorgeous, and I love the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. The wireless charging is great for my home office and in my car. And now I can take good quality pictures with my smartphone. Hallelujah!

The Evils of Rooting your Phone

April 25, 2015

imagesSome people love to “root” their phones, which allows them to access restricted areas of the Android OS and install special apps and possibly custom ROMs. I normally don’t like to mess with my phone, but I have rooted my last two phones for different reasons.

The first phone I rooted was the Samsung EVO LTE, and I did so because I was having a lot of issues with the the radios and battery life. I ended up installing a custom ROM created by some developers which tweaked the OS to add some needed improvements, and that seemed to help my situation. Of course, when you root your phone you will no longer get over-the-air updates from the cell carrier. In the case of the EVO LTE phone, that was fine because Sprint wasn’t releasing any updates for it.

After the EVO LTE, I switch to AT&T and got an HTC One phone which I loved. I used this phone for about one year as-is with the stock setup, and eventually decided to root it because of battery life issues. This time, I only rooted it and installed some battery-saving apps (one called “Greenify”), and I didn’t install a custom ROM. This helped tremendously, as the Greenify app automatically put apps running in the background in “hibernation” mode which reduced the battery drain. Again, the big issue with rooting is that you won’t receive OTA updates, and AT&T was about to send out a major update for the new Lollipop OS upgrade. As such, I wanted to unroot my phone, which turned out to be a giant hassle.

Eventually, I was able to unroot my HTC One phone and get it back to stock condition, and that allowed me to get the OTA update for Lollipop. The only thing I was unable to do, was remove the “TAMPERED” notice on the boot recovery screen. This is an indication that I’ve unlocked the bootloader at one time in the past, and most likely voids my warranty.

A few weeks ago I upgraded to the new Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, and I have no intentions of rooting it. The phone works very well as-is in the stock configuration, and I don’t have an immediate need for rooting. Also, Samsung phones have something called “KNOX” which is a mechanical fuse that will be tripped if you root your phone. Once the KNOX fuse has been tripped, there is no way you can reset it via software. And a tripped KNOX fuse means you’ve voided your warranty.

So in summary:

  • Rooting your phone isn’t always easy, and it can be very hard to unroot it in some cases.
  • If you root your phone, you will probably not receive any OTA updates from your cell carrier.
  • Rooting gives you full access to the Android OS, allowing apps to do much more and give you more capabilities.
  • Rooted phones can install custom ROMs which have been enhanced and tweaked by developers.
  • Rooting your phone often means you’ve voided your manufacturer warranty.

My advice, is that you don’t root your phone if you’re an average Joe user. Leave the rooting for those who like to live on the edge and have lots of time to mess around with their phones!

Great AT&T Cell Service Coverage

April 25, 2015

imagesAlmost exactly two years ago, I upload a posting about switching from Sprint to AT&T Service. I’ve been using AT&T for my cell phone and iPad data service since then, and I’m still very happy with the LTE coverage. I live in the Seattle area, and get great fast data service. I’ve also driven on I-90 East towards Idaho, and for most of the way I get excellent LTE coverage. I’ve also been on two West Coast road trips where my family has driven down I-405 from Seattle all the way to San Diego and for the majority of the way we’ve had excellent cell service.

My son has an iPad with AT&T cellular service, and he used it for most of the road trip to San Diego watching YouTube videos and playing online games, and he rarely complained about losing service. That alone, is a huge testament to the excellent coverage that AT&T has for the West Coast.

Strangely, the only place where my AT&T coverage was poor or weak, was at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. From my last visit a few years ago, my cell phone connectivity was very sporadic. Maybe that was done by design by Disney to keep their visitors focused on spending money rather than checking email or text messages on their cell phones.

So in summary, I’m extremely satisfied with my AT&T service. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on where you live and work, but I’m definitely glad my family switched off of Sprint!

Windows Phone Limbo

January 20, 2015

Yesterday I saw a posted article on that had the header, “New details emerge on Microsoft’s last-ditch effort to make Windows Phone relevant“, which made me think: Is there any reason why I would switch from my current Android smartphone over to a Windows Phone?

After a few minutes of thought, the answer would be no. There’s no existing reason I could think of that would make me want to switch to a Microsoft Windows Phone. Not even low price would make me consider switching from Android, since my phone works perfectly fine and meets all my needs.

So, what would make me consider switching?

Being able to run desktop Windows apps on a smartphone (as the BGR article suggests) wouldn’t be a big deal for me. I’ve got all the apps I want on my current Android phone and tablet (also, I don’t use Windows but OSX). Windows Phone would need a big game changer for me to consider switching. Something like a 1-week battery life, or super-thin and strong design. Some kind of projection screen maybe, or extremely accurate voice recognition. A superior tie-in with my car’s bluetooth system to control it’s systems (e.g., self starting, security monitoring, etc). Easy home security link. A truly wireless charger which will charge my phone just by being in the same room as the charger. A next-generation wireless connection system that would allow me to remotely use and control my smartphone at greater distances than Bluetooth (like, me being at the gym with a wireless headset listening to Pandora from my Windows Phone that is sitting in my car 40 feet away).

A lot of pie-in-the-sky stuff which is what it would take to my me consider switching to a Windows Phone.

One thing that Microsoft really does need to do, is create a much, much better GUI interface than what Windows Phone has now. I think the Microsoft decision makers are stuck with the current OS theme, but to me it seems really drab and ancient. In fact, the Apple iOS is also getting long in the tooth even though Apple tries to update it. What I like about Android is it’s customization, and the fact they recently switched it up with the new “Material Design” look.

So, does Microsoft have a chance? I don’t think so with their current Windows Phone product. I think they need another reboot to be successful in today’s market.’s “Guaranteed Delivery”

October 19, 2014

My wife and I purchase items online from routinely, for both the convenience and cost savings. Since we make so many such purchases, it made sense for us to pay the $99 to become Amazon Prime members and get 2-day shipping for free on our “Amazon Prime” online purchases.

Now, being a prime member with the 2-day shipping, when I order an item I usually get a “Guaranteed Delivery” Date on the order page like what you see below:

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Recently, I made a very simple purchase of a book which had the “Guaranteed Delivery” promise on the order page, and the book didn’t arrive on the promised delivery date. I really wanted the book by that date, so I could take it on a business trip and read it on my flight. So, I initiated a support chat session with Amazon asking about my missing delivery.

The Amazon chat person stated he could only refund my order amount, or resend a new book to me. Both options wereimgres not satisfactory to me, since I wanted the book delivered by the promised date. So, I asked the chat person this question: “Does ‘Guaranteed Delivery’ mean that my order is guaranteed to arrive at my doorstep by the given date?”. The response by the chat person was, “Yes”. However, there’s really no “Guaranteed Delivery” by the true definition of the word, since Amazon doesn’t guarantee anything other than they will refund your order or send you a new item and make you wait longer.

This really perturbed me, because my order would have most likely arrived by the guaranteed due date if they didn’t use the US Postal Service to delivery my book. It seemed that the USPS actually delivered my book to the wrong address, and they have done this on a routine basis. For a 2-Day order, why would Amazon trust the USPS to deliver an order for a guaranteed delivery? If it was FedEx or UPS, I would think the chances of it being delivered on time would be much higher than the USPS.


Being frustrated with all of this, I emailed Amazon Support with my complaint, asking that they send me another book at no-cost to me, and fully refunding my charges. To me, that should be the penalty for Amazon deciding to use USPS to delivery my book with a “Guaranteed Delivery” date for one of their Amazon Prime customers.

Surprisingly, I got an email response back from Amazon within 5 minutes stating they would comply and send me a new book with no charges. So my book arrived by Next-Day air delivery by FedEx (after my business trip, of course), at no cost to me.

Now when I visit Amazon’s site I find this message when you click the “details” line next to the “Guaranteed Delivery” statement:


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Even by this statement, there’s no true guarantee of anything but a refund of your shipping costs if it arrives late. There is no Guaranteed delivery, period. I understand that such things can’t truly be guaranteed, so why should Amazon make such a statement on their web site?