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Europe will see standard microUSB charging on most phones in 2 years

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Europe will see standard microUSB charging on most phones in 2 years
It was back in June 2009 when Europe agreed with 14 major phone makers to introduce microUSB as a standard for charging mobile phones. And now, a year and a half later, the bill has passed approval of the European Commission and its standardization bodies. The new standard will bring officially standardized cell phones and chargers in early 2011, while by the end of 2012 the microUSB chargers will be “predominant” in Europe.

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

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