Mobile industry giants to adopt universal chargers for phones by 2012
The GSM Association announced that it has gathered 17 important mobile companies in order to develop and implement a universal charging solution (UCS) for cell phones, by 2012.
More exactly, GSMA wants all mobile phones (or at least most of them) to be charged via a standardized solution that would use Micro USB as its charging interface. This should reduce standby energy consumption with up to 50%, and eliminate up to 51,000 tons of duplicate chargers.
And, needless to say, it would make our lives simpler, since we’ll be able to charge our handsets with any charger – even if it’s from a device made by a different manufacturer.
The companies that gave their endorsement for the UCS project are: Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, AT&T, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Telefónica, Telstra, Telenor, Hutchison’s 3, KTF, Telecom Italia, mobilkom Austria and Qualcomm.
As you can see, Apple and HTC (to name just two other important companies) don’t seem to be interested in using a universal mobile charger – for the moment, at least.
Via Press release