Micro-USB has been confirmed as the standard for cell phone chargers in sometime early 2011. The European Commission recently sent the 14 top cell phone manufacturers of a new standard connection after they agreed to sign up to it last June. As of right now, Samsung, Apple, Nokia and Research in Motion have agreed to adopt Micro-USB as their charging standard.
“Now it is time for industry to show its commitment to sell mobile phones for the new charger,” said European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani. “The common charger will make life easier for consumers, reduce waste and benefit businesses. It is a true win-win situation.”
It’s good to see that the European Commission is also worried about environmental waste. Here’s what they had to say about the efficacy and environmental advantages of having a standard charger:
“Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is not only a major inconvenience for users, but also a considerable environmental problem. Users who want to change their mobile phones must usually acquire a new charger and dispose of the old one, even if it is in good condition.”
Guilty as charged (no pun intended). I’ve been through about 7 cell phones so far and all of my ex-chargers are peacefully resting somewhere in my closet.
The Micro-USB is already becoming more and more common as manufacturers have already begun to make the switch. I’m just hoping to see an end to that silly little charger for Apple devices.