Friday, December 31, 2010

Standard mobile charger due in early 2011

All mobile phones could soon use a single kind of charger. The world’s 14 most famous mobile manufacturers have been sent details by the European Commission of a new standard connection.

The technical specifications are based on the micro-USB connector that lots of mobile manufacturers have already begun to use. Samsung, Apple, Nokia and Research in Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry, are between those that have been agreed to adopt it.

The micro-USB jack is already becoming general as manufacturers, including those outside the 14 who have already agreed on it, have made the shift in preparation. Apple’s iPod connector, yet, continues to be used for a host of accessories. The Commission anticipates that the first devices whose chargers meet the accurate details of the new standard will appear early next year.

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, called on manufacturers to prove their support for the new standard. “Now it is time for industry to show its obligation to sell mobile phones for the new charger.

The common charger will make life easier for consumers, decrease waste and benefit businesses. It is a true win-win situation," he said.

In a statement, the Commission said that “Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is not only a major reason inconvenience to users, but also a significant environmental problem. Users who want to change their mobile phones must usually acquire a new charger and rearrange of the old one, even if it is in good condition.”


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