US to Have Standardized Accessories by 2012?

Chances are, you are one of 200 million other consumers who get annoyed that you have to buy a new car charger any time you get a new phone that’s a different brand. Assuming this, you’ll be interested to know that there is a powerful trade group that’s trying to standardize cell phone accessories in the US.

The CTIA has announced a new initiative it is pushing to ensure that by 2012, all wireless phones purchased in the US will have a MicroUSB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

FCC Chair Julius Genachowski is a fan of the idea. Not only will this reduce consumer cost, it will also reduce electronic waste by a large margin.

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Wonderful thing is, 2012 really isn’t that far away. So if this is really going to happen, the wheels need to start rolling right away. I’d say this move is a good start, let’s just hope this becomes a reality.

My question is, however, will this rule apply to Apple?

via AFP

Author: Brad Molen

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  • geraldu

    In Europe, this became law earlier this year. I guess it's cheaper for the manufacturers to apply the mico-USB charger standard etc. worldwide. If they are now selling in the US something which they have already decided to to, most likely they are in the business of getting some other favors from the FCC…

  • geraldu

    In Europe, this became law earlier this year. I guess it's cheaper for the manufacturers to apply the mico-USB charger standard etc. worldwide. If they are now selling in the US something which they have already decided to to, most likely they are in the business of getting some other favors from the FCC…