How to find a non-OEM cell phone case

September 2, 2008

How to find a non-OEM cell phone case. PDair iPhone caseYou would think that it would be easy to get away from the classic black leather/faux leather OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cell phone case, especially for smart phones like the iPhone, Blackberry, Palm and Windows Mobile devices.  Not true.  I have spent the last two weeks looking for something unique for my Blackberry Curve and still have not found what I am looking for.

Since my Blackberry is a specially painted 8320 in orange, blue and white from BlackBerry HomePage, I wanted something that would protect the device from my klutziness while showing off the great look of my phone.

Every cell phone vendor has some form of OEM case usually in black leather.  Sometimes it is a pouch for something like the Blackberry, or a form fitting little number for flip phones. 

Rarely do Verizon, AT&T, etc. offer something really attractive or even all that protective.  The silicone/rubber ones that I saw in the AT&T store, BestBuy and Radio Shack just did not look as if they would provide more than a little color change.

Bestbuy and Radio Shack aren’t any better.  Representatives from both stores sent me to a kiosk in my local mall that specialized in cell phone accessories.  I found a nice protective clear plastic case at the kiosk.  It fits my Blackberry well.  Since I have already dropped it twice without damaging the phone, it also works well.

Krusell lush orange pouch from Alternative WirelessSure, you can settle for the OEM choices from your cell phone store or you can try out the larger but still limited selection from your multi-brand cell phone kiosk.  The most variety and style in cell phone cases can be found online. 

I can get a special OEM Blackberry pouch in a variety of colors (black and red) from my local stores or choose from an additional two color choices (white and tan) from such online stores as 

Krusell Excellence CaseOnline stores such as EliteExtreme, offer a wider variety of cases as well as the usual assortment of black leather and silicone.  Most of the cases are functional and attractive and in the affordable price range of $15 -$30.

AlternativeWireless offers a wide variety of stylish cell phone pouches and cases.  This store has a different case or pouch to fit your mood from elegant evening wear to rugged outdoor style and good looking everyday cases as well.  This site offers flashier cases from well known companies as Krusell, C5 Vertik, Rica, Rugged, and  Mobile than you will find from any other vendor.

Noreve $14,990 diamond iPhone case. Fancier cases can be found on line from Covertec, PDair, Noreve, beyzacases, Fortte, Sena and Piel Frama.  Each of these companies provide handmade quality leather cases in a variety of colors and/or leathers. 

Of course, you will pay a much higher price for these cases than for the cases found in an online store such as the ones mentioned above or any mall kiosk or OEM store.  For instance, Noreve offers a $14,990 case for the 3G iPhone that comes with a diamond pattern. 

Piel Frama Ostrich leather caseOver the years, I have purchased a number of cases from online accessory providers and found them to be of varying quality.  I have found that my favorite inexpensive cases are from Krusell, PDair and Covertec.  They are all good quality cases and hold up well.  You can find these cases on many of the gadget specific sites like Crackberry, PDA247, and The Gadgeteer.

I have also paid big bucks for fancy cases from Sena, Fortte and Piel Frama.  All of them were excellent quality and held up longer than the gadget/phone for which I originally bought the cases.

Fortte life colors This time around I want to try something a little more daring and a little less corporate professional.  I think I just might spring for a Pica or more far out Krusell case for my Blackberry.  Maybe I’ll choose something from the Fortte Life Colors line.  After all, with a unique phone, an OEM case just won’t do!

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