Tuesday, August 17, 2010

European Commission says standard mobile chargers coming in 2011

The new charger will be for all smartphones and all “data-enabled” phones, and not older models. Major companies, including Apple, Samsung, Sony Ericcson, Nokia and others have agreed to the deal.

A European Commission spokesperson said Friday that starting in January 2011, European consumers will be able to finally purchase a standard mobile phone charger for nearly all mobile phones sold in the 27 member state bloc.

This move comes over a year after major manufacturers, including Nokia, Apple, Samsung and many other mobile companies agreed with the European Commission to provide a single charger to reduce waste and inefficiency.

"Introduction of the universal charger will make life much simpler for EU consumers," said Dennis Abbott, a European Commission spokesperson. "When you discover you've left your charger at home or work, you will be able to use someone else's, knowing it will fit your phone. How cool is that?"

The industry agreed that the new charger will be for all smartphones and all "data-enabled" phones - and will use a micro-USB connector. The new universal chargers will not cover older mobile phones.

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