Universal Charging Solution for Mobile27 February 2009 14:50:08
The GSMA and leading mobile operators and manufacturers have announced that Micro USB is to become the official standardised connection for mobile phone chargers.
The aim is to ensure that the mobile industry adopts a common format for mobile phone charger connections and energy-efficient chargers resulting in an estimated 50 per cent reduction in standby energy consumption, the potential elimination of up to 51,000 tonnes of duplicate chargers and the enhancement of the customer experience by simplifying the charging of mobile phones.
A universal charger will also make life much simpler for the consumer, who will be able to use the same charger for future handsets, as well as being able to charge their mobile phone anywhere from any available charger.
The group agreed that by the 1st January 2012, the majority of all new mobile phone models available will support a universal charging connector.
So far 17 manufacturers have signed up to the agreement. These include Motorola, Samsung Sony Ericsson and Nokia.