Europe will see standard microUSB charging on most phones in 2 years
Nokia, Samsung, RIM, Apple and Motorola were some of the 14 manufacturers that agreed to use microUSB chargers. The currently used proprietary chargers face allegations as a poor environmental choice as with the purchase of a new cell phone users usually dispose of the old charger. Having separate chargers – of course – is a plain inconvenience, as well.
Some of the manufacturers' phones already use microUSB chargers, but many still carry a proprietary charging slot. Apple, for example, uses the proprietary 30-pin slot, while Nokia sticks with its own 2mm charger on some models.
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, commented:
“The common charger will make life easier for consumers, reduce waste and benefit businesses. It is a true win-win situation.”
source: Europa via SlashGear