Fourteen phone manufacturers have committed to using the new MicroUSB-based design when developing phone charging devices beginning in 2011.
The standards are based on MicroUSB and were embraced on Wednesday by the European commission, which says they will be helpful to both consumers and the environment. The fourteen manufacturers that have already signed on to use the new standards when producing data-enabled mobile phones, including Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola Mobility, Qualcomm, and Research in Motion.
“I am very happy that the European Standardisation Bodies have met our request to develop within a short space of time the technical standards necessary for a common mobile phone charger based on the work done by industry,” said Antonio Tajani, European Commission VP for industry and entrepreneurship, in a statement. “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.”
Incompatible cell phone chargers are not only a nuisance for users but an environmental issue, because old ones are disposed when new ones are purchased, even if they are in good condition, the EC said.