Phone Chargers To Be Standardized In 2011

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.