CTIA Wireless Association wants standardized jacks by 2012

CTIA Wireless Association wants standardized jacks by 2012
The CTIA Wireless Association, an international trade group comprised of mobile device manufacturers, is backing an attempt to standardize certain jacks by January 2012. The group is trying to make a 3.5mm connection the mobile standard for earphones, headphones and micro-USB connectors for mobile products. Members of the industry got together starting last April in an attempt to come to an agreement on the standard jack size. The manufacturers claim that by using a one size fits all devices program, it will be the consumer who benefits in the end. "By simplifying input and output features on mobile devices, economies of scale will reduce consumers' costs," said CTIA president Steve Largent. F.C.C. Chairman Julius Genachowski agreed, saying that consumers, inventors and the environment would all benefit. Reusing chargers on multiple devices could lower electronic waste. Currently, it is possible for the same device to have different connectors on separate carriers. An example of this is the HTC Touch Pro2 which has a 3.5mm jack on the Verizon and Sprint versions, but uses an Ext USB connector on the T-Mobile model.

source: Yahoo

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6 Comments

1. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

It seems most manufacturers are going this route anyway.

4. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

But they are going so slow about it. This should have been done years ago when SE came out with their Walkman Line. 3.5 Jack Ports are so much easier to deal with than getting an adapter. I am not a proponent of forcing Manufactures to do anything, but I think this is a bit of a different story. Manufacturers shouldn't be forced to do this; they should see this as a necessity because they lose sales by not having this simple jack on their phones. I have not bought certain phones because of this very reason. Call me anal, but it is essential for me to have this without having a ridiculous adapter I have to always worry about. Honestly, Manufacturers should have done this long ago and not waited for an international trade group to almost force the issue. I'm excited for this for sure!

6. jeffcrawford84

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Does anyone know what percentage of The US' carriers' sales is from jack-related accessories? It's probably less than 15%, so if this becomes an enforced industry standard, it will probably reduce their overall profits by 6 or 7%. Maybe less. Now, with the kinds of numbers these carriers crank out, 7% can be allot. But, the elbow room this would give the industry by giving smaller economies a better opportunity to get involved is worth it. I support this standardization. Bite the bullet today for better tomorrows.

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

for the most part... Samsung is still gripping tightly to their version of the device USB. Motorola Micro ports only work with other motorola chargers and cables. But LG, RIM, HTC and Nokia seem to all work interchangibly with eachother which is nice.

3. JK Wylde

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

Sprint has already put this requirement on most of its line-up. The Instinct s30 and the Hero are the last models that dont take the micro USB charger. Even the Nextel line-up is all micro USB now (except the 3yr old, but still selling strong i580 Toughguy)

5. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

i still don't get why t-mo doesn't have a 3.5mm jack on the tp2.....just ridiculous

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