Thursday, 2 July 2009

Universal mobile chargers

The European Commission announced on Monday that the mobile phone industry has responded to its requests and agreed to harmonise chargers in the EU (rather than face legislation). In a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) the industry has committed to provide compatible chargers based on the Micro-USB connector. The signatories to the MoU were Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Texas Instruments. The first generation of new inter-chargeable mobile phones should reach the EU market from 2010 onwards.

Vice-President G√ľnter Verheugen, responsible for enterprise and industrial policy, said: "I am very pleased that industry has found an agreement, which will make life much simpler for consumers. This also means considerably less electronic waste, because people will no longer have to throw away chargers when buying new phones. I am also very pleased that this solution was found on the basis of self-regulation. As a result, the Commission does not consider it necessary to introduce legislation.”

That's a win-win. No more throwing away chargers each time you change phone and (hopefully) reduced costs for phones (since no new charger will be required).

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