Whoever came up with the idea must be pure genius. We've always had a thing for microUSB connections on our handsets; it just makes it so much easier rather than seeing proprietary ones. U.S. consumers need to wait a bit longer before a standard is adopted, but Europe is taking the the stance on finally making the bold move. The European Commission is being backed up with their implementation of microUSB as the standard for smart phones. Manufacturers led by Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Apple, NEC, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments will be supporting it and releasing devices in Europe next year with it in mind. Of course there are plenty of positive effects from this decision – less throwing away of chargers and decreased waste. No word as to when or if this standard will be brought along to other handsets. So who does this benefit? For starters it'll be those consumers from across the big pond, but U.S. consumers may need to hold out until some course of action is started. Just don't throw away those other chargers in the mean time.