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Is there any harm in using a USB data cable of any other phone (say LG) for charging up a Nexus S? "Any harm" here means will it adversely effect my battery life or the Nexus S device in any way?

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USB data cables are pretty much interchangeable. Even on devices that have modified sockets to allow connecting a headset cable to the USB port, you can usually still use a normal USB cable for charging and data with no harm to the device.

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I use an old Nokia cable on occasion with no problems. – Redandwhite May 18 '11 at 12:07
What you might want to watch out for though are dollar-store chargers (either AC or car)... not really sure how the regulation on those is. – Chris Stratton May 18 '11 at 15:35
My HTC Desire and Kindle share the same style USB connector which is handy while traveling, I wish everyone would standardize on the same connector :) – Alastair May 19 '11 at 7:47
Apple-related, but relevant to @ChrisStratton's comment: (related to chargers, not cables). – Jason C Mar 30 '15 at 20:38

As far as I know, Nexus S uses the so called micro-USB cable, the same my Galaxy 5 does.

This is very good, because you can buy a generic cable like that in retail stores or shops that sells electronic stuff. I did so a few days after I bought my cell phone, and it costed the equivalent of US$4.00 in my country (Chile).

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