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Phone chargers may become standardized by 2012

Posted: , by John V.

Phone chargers may become standardized by 2012
Do you currently own more than one mobile phone and detest the fact that every single one has its own different power adapter? Well, we’ve got some good news for you. It looks like 17 wireless operators and handset makers have agreed to standardize chargers by 2012. The mobile phone industry group, GSM Association, has stated that cast-off chargers currently generate more than 51,000 tons of waste a year. The standardization would also reduce the amount energy being depleted from unused power adapters attached to wall outlets not being used. On top of that, some consumers can become frustrated with having lots of wires hanging from wall outlets all over the place. Chargers would become interchangeable, making it easier to use alternate adapters for multiple phones. Some big names include AT&T, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Qualcomm.

source: Wall Street Journal

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. crd22 (Posts: 77; Member since: 15 Apr 2008)

This is actually a really good idea, should've been done before, but at least it will get done. 2012... 3 years from now... I'm hoping technology will develop enough to charge all cell phones wirelessly by then. Also, what will the standard be??? Mini-usb? I'm guessing micro-usb... Phones will get thinner and it will be a matter of time before some get too small for mini-usb.

posted on 17 Feb 2009, 19:47

2. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

I thought this had already happened to a degree. I thought I read somewhere that manufacturers like LG, Samsung, Motorola had all agreed that micro-USB would be the charging standard? IDK...Good idea nonetheless.

posted on 17 Feb 2009, 19:51

3. rbz275 (Posts: 37; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)

Yeah I read on CNET that it was micro USB. And they also mentioned that Apple is not part of the agreement. So this is probably a no-go for the iPhone.

posted on 17 Feb 2009, 19:52

4. T-Money3000 (unregistered)

Apple and Samsung seem to be out of the loop

posted on 18 Feb 2009, 07:36

6. phoneguy (Posts: 193; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)

this is such old news, the manufacturers have been doing this for a year every new phone that comes out is micro usb

posted on 17 Feb 2009, 22:02

5. jcom86 (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 Jan 2009)

It's understandale why Apple wouldn't want to do this. By changing the iPhone to the universal specs they lose the ability to interact with all of the iphone/ipod accessories.

posted on 18 Feb 2009, 10:45

7. chupum (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

Thank goodness this is happening. My only regret is that it hasn't been discussed and put into practice sooner! I'm reminded of an old Simpsons dialogue exchange between Moe and Homer as Moe is upgrading his hole-in-the-wall bar to a family style restaurant and installing an industrial sized deep fryer, which he bought from the U.S. Navy... Moe: Yeah, I got this fryer from the U.S. Navy. It can fry a buffalo in about 40 seconds! Homer: 40 seconds?! ::homer groans in frustration:: AWWWW but I want it now!

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