Micro USB phone charger standard to be adopted next year by Nokia, Samsung, Apple and others
Last time we heard about the GSMA’s universal phone charger project, it was estimated that most phones would use a standard Micro USB charger by 2012.
Now it looks like phones compatible with the new universal charger will be available in Europe as soon as next year.
According to Reuters, the European Commission announced that major telecoms companies have agreed to adopt the Micro USB solution and offer compatible products starting 2010.
The companies are: Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Apple, Research in Motion, NEC, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.
Reportedly, the new chargers will only be compatible with data-enabled handsets, leaving out basic phones.
A new EU norm should be created soon, requiring next-gen mobile phones to use a universal Micro USB socket. This would eliminate “unwanted phone accessories”, allowing users to charge phones made by different manufacturers with the same charger.