EU, phone makers agree on charging standard
BRUSSELS (AP) — No more asking around the office for the right sort of
charger. At least that's what European Union and cell phone makers are
The world's leading mobile phone makers announced Monday that they
will ensure that their data-enabled phones and chargers will all work together,
as of next year.
EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen said a
standardized charger will cut costs for manufacturers and reduce the number of
chargers thrown away when consumers buy new phones.
Though the agreement
applies to the EU, it's likely that the standardization will apply to phones and
chargers sold outside the member countries.
Nokia Corp., Samsung Electronics
Co., LG Electronics Inc., Sony Ericsson, Apple Inc., Motorola Inc., Research in
Motion Ltd. and NEC Corp. committed to developing a standard for phone charging
based on the Micro-USB interface. Together, they account for more than 80
percent of the world market for cell phones.
Several of those companies
already make phones that charge through Micro-USB ports, but they don't
guarantee that they will work with chargers made by other companies.
are doing here is we are agreeing that any external power supply will be able to
charge other manufacturers' phones," said Tony Graziano, technical director for
DigitalEurope, which represents digital technology associations and companies
that do business in Europe.
This doesn't mean that all new data-enabled
phones will come with Micro-USB ports. Graziano said manufacturers can satisfy
the terms of the agreement by producing an adapter. Apple, for instance, has
consistently used a proprietary connector for its iPhone and could produce an
adapter that plugs into the phone to accept a Micro-USB charger.
Cosgrove, director general of DigitalEurope, said the group is "optimistic"
other countries and regions across the world will adopt the same universal
Consumer rights groups called for more ambitious plans.
could have extended this to different small appliances, such as MP3 players,
small digital cameras and PDAs," said Gabriele Fleischer from the Consumers'
Council in Berlin.
Texas Instruments Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., two U.S.
companies that make components for cell phones, also signed the
Associated Press Writers Barbara Schaeder in Brussels and AP
Technology Writer Peter Svensson in New York contributed to this report.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Here is an article I found while reading the news the other day. This is very encouraging and hopefully the U.S. will follow suit.