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European Commission gets first universal phone charger

updated 11:35 am EST, Wed February 9, 2011

First universal phone chargers arrive at EC

The European Commission has now received the first samples of the universal phone charger it has finalized a standard based on a microUSB connection. A press conference was held on Tuesday to celebrate the milestone, and the charger will be compatible with more than 90 percent of cell phones. Fourteen companies in all support the standard, including Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

The benefits include lower prices, less waste as obsolete or lost phones don't require losing the charger as well, and lower power consumption, the European Commission says. Retailers will also have the option of selling phones without chargers, resulting in savings for them and the consumer.

The participating members will begin manufacturing the chargers this year, though what they will cost hasn't been revealed. Apple will require an adapter for its iPhones. [via RegHardware]






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  1. bjojade

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    Huh?

    Retailers will also have the option of selling phones without chargers, resulting in savings for them and the consumer.


    Sure it will. What's going to happen is phone prices will stay the same, but chargers will no longer be included. It's foolish to think otherwise.

    What I don't understand is why this is magical news. Most phones already charge via USB, so any USB power adaptor and MicroUSB cable does the trick, as long as the USB adaptor provides enough power.

  1. malax

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    I don't think anyone would suggest this is "magical news," but it's a good thing. The diversity of similar but not identical phone chargers isn't helping anyone and is wasteful. Between various cell phones, digital cameras, and Nintendo DSs, my household has way too many non-interoperable chargers. I'm happy that our various iPods and iPhones use the same cords. Hopefully this standard will ultimately result is more unification.

  1. malax

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    On the other hand

    That is the creepiest ad I've seen in a long time. Whatever they're selling, I don't want it.

  1. bjojade

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    Very creepy!

    Yeah, I watched it. What the heck are they smoking??

  1. testudo

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    useless

    This is such a useless 'standard'. All it is saying is that the 'charger' will be standardized. However, the connection isn't standardized. Apple, as stated, requires an adaptor. So could every phone maker. So it only helps such that you don't need to carry your charger around, just the even smaller adapter you need to use it.

  1. simon42

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    Every manufacturer will do it right

    And Apple will charge you for a charger. Good job!

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