Phone chargers may become standardized by 2012

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



1. crd22

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

2. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

3. rbz275

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 09, 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.

4. T-Money3000 unregistered

Apple and Samsung seem to be out of the loop

6. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

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

5. jcom86

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

7. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 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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