Mobile Phone Companies Agree to EU Demand for Standard Phone Charger

June 29th, 2009 at 12:00 am

The Europeans are fed up with it:  Changing one phone charger after another among different mobile phone brands, and even to different models.  The European Commission demanded that there should be a standard phone charger, which many mobile phone companies declined because of the usual alibis:  They have different battery requirements or what not.

Many manufacturers try to solve this problem by providing multiple chargers in a single unit, such as the one in the picture.  However, with over 30 different types of mobile phone chargers being used in Europe, shouldn’t it be better if all of these simply use a single type of charger?

After much pressure, top mobile phone companies have agreed with demands of European Union and will push for a harmonized phone charger.  Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Apple, LG, NEC, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung, and Texas Instruments will have a standard charging device available in Europe starting next year.

The new generation of EU-available cell phones will come with a standard micro-USB socket to ensure compatibility with many phone chargers.  However, there is a catch:  the chargers will only be usable for data-enabled phones or smartphones, which have more capability than the standard call and SMS phones of the past generation.

Another catch, sadly, is that the rest of the world will have to scratch their heads as they still figure out which charger goes with what phone.

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