About Damn Time: Phone Makers To Standardize Chargers

from the finally dept

The mobile-phone industry has met up in Barcelona for its annual confab, and among all the new handset releases was some more compelling news: phone makers and operators have pledged they'll standardize on mini-USB chargers. While this is being touted as mainly an environmental decision, it's a situation where environmental, economic, and usability benefits converge. Presumably, many device makers will eventually stop shipping new chargers with phones, reducing their costs and cutting charger production; users will benefit from consistency across vendors and devices. Some countries, like South Korea and China, have previously mandated that phone makers use standardized chargers and other cables; now the rest of the world can enjoy the benefits, too.

Filed Under: chargers, mobile phones, standardization

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    Dave, 17 Feb 2009 @ 5:10pm

    Re: Think out of the box! (off the cable)

    Palm is doing just this with the new Pre cell phone. Of course they are going to charge extra for the "cordless power station". It would be great if this becomes a standard, thereby reducing the cord clutter.

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