Phone Chargers To Be Standardized In 2011

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Many people have a box or drawer full of old chargers for our old cell phones. Although the charger may function just fine, due to special connection types, we often can't reuse a charger when we switch phones.

After all these years of dealing with different chargers and various connections between phones and other devices, some good news is in store. Soon, all mobile phones could use the same type of charger. In June 2009, 14 of the most prominent mobile phone manufacturers agreed to use a single standard. Although the agreement was made, there's still a lot of background work to be done before consumers enjoy the full benefits of this agreement. Recently, the European Commission sent out details for the standard in preparation for the switch.

The technical specifications for the connection are based on the microUSB connector that many mobile phone manufacturers are already using.  You'll find many of your favorite phone brands among the list of manufacturers that have agreed to adopt the standard, including Samsung, Apple, Nokia, and Research in Motion.

Although many of these manufacturers have already begun using the microUSB jack in preparation for the shift, you'll notice one manufacturer on the list that has stuck with its own connection—Apple. Apple's iPod connector is commonly found on a number of accessories. The Commission expects the first devices that have chargers with the precise details of the new standard to appear early next year.

“Now it is time for industry to show its commitment to sell mobile phones for the new charger. The common charger will make life easier for consumers, reduce waste and benefit businesses. It is a true win-win situation," said European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.

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Hey, that's an Evo. The micro USB connector is great, since any USB to micro USB connector will let you charge it.

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This is a good idea. Interesting to see Apple ditch their charger for the standard, though.

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OSunday replied on Sun, Jan 2 2011 7:53 PM

Yes finally! that makes things so much easier for mobile phone users everywhere, and there are quite a bit of mobile phone users in the world too.

With the rise of smartphones (which are practically computers), a micro usb to usb cable can be used for charging and data, bridgeing the gap between desktops, laptops and smartphones and creating a more seamless and enjoyable experience for electronic and computer users everywhere. A standardized connection will also mean more peripheral devices compatible with more phones too

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Devhux1 replied on Sun, Jan 2 2011 8:15 PM

I know I'm being too technical, but the picture used for this story shows a Mini-USB connector instead of a Micro-USB one. :)

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Now this is something we all look forward to. Would be so much easier to get a replacement :)

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JD_Denver replied on Sun, Jan 2 2011 10:12 PM

This is harder for a blind user to connect than a round connector is.

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JKurtz replied on Mon, Jan 3 2011 4:28 AM

Then get a dock like I have for my phone.

What would make it easier to connect, it only fits one way, and it's super simple.

And no, it's not harder to connect than a round connector is, unless you are blind, and have the mental capacity of a toddler.

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Apple has already released a statement saying they'll provide an adaptor - probably free.

And you can always use wireless charging too with those charging pads that work with any device.

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You got a 50/50 shot... I plug mine in to charge in the dark all the time and I never have problems.

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Finally!!! Are you next laptop makers!

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The Phone Chargers standardization will save the customer the headache of keep buying new chargers or perhaps we won't have to carry that extra load since they probably will be available at libraries,Starbucks etc.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Jan 3 2011 8:01 PM

Amen to that! Notebooks should be next for sure!

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No it doesn't. The Evo in the picture uses MicroUSB. I would know; I'm holding mine right now. The port on the side is HDMI Out.

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Who are they kidding, Apple won't change its connection type. They'll just sell you a $50 micro-USB adapter.

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Smartphones do need to be connected to the computer many a times than not. A standardization will help users connect without headaches and also save a lot of energy in terms of charging.

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The connector shown IS a mini USB rather than a micro USB. I am not talking about the phone's port.

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I really hope you're kidding Denver..

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Good! Standardizing like the old USB for computers.

Plus no more micro/mini confusion- that was a dumb idea anyway.

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tmrva replied on Fri, Jan 7 2011 10:35 AM

When my wife and I got our new phones from Verizon we were delighted to find that my old mobile car charger from my eVo2 fits both her Blackberry AND my DriodX!! Yeah for standardization!! :-)

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Resin replied on Fri, Jan 14 2011 1:45 PM

Finally!

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JZappatos replied on Tue, Jan 18 2011 12:35 AM

those charging pads suck. I wonder if they will standardize the mA

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This just seems wasteful to me, no more micro/mini confusion- that was a dumb idea anyway. OK for Rent textbooks online you can save money for purchasing a huge amount of books.

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coolice replied on Sat, Jan 29 2011 4:39 PM

Hmm... Good idea until usb3 is implemented and next thing you know theres a different port needed for adapting.

Though i do like the idea of charging all the phones in me household with 1 charger!! if you lose one, another ones right along the corner.

... i'm just a little concerned about different batteries, thus diff mah's and voltages... will that affect charging different phones etc?

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nir replied on Mon, Jan 31 2011 1:08 PM

Hey this great..... Thanks for the news....

 

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