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TELECOMMUNICATIONS: CELLULAR :
EUROPE :
TECHNOLOGY:
Europe Gets Universal Cellphone Charger in 2010



Europe Gets Universal Cellphone Charger in 2010
By Brian X. Chen
June 29, 2009  |  2:07 pm  |
Categories: Phones, Telcos and ISPs
Wired
<http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/06/
europe-gets-universal-cellphone-charger-in-2010/>


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The movement toward adopting a universal cellphone charger  that is, one
type of charger thats compatible with all cellphones  is becoming a
reality in Europe as soon as 2010.


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The 10 cellphone manufacturers beginning Micro USB adoption in Europe are
Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG , NEC, Qualcomm, Research In
Motion, Samsung and Texas Instruments.


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The GSMA estimates a universal charger will cut down on the energy and
materials required to produce charger by 51,000 tons, reducing the overall
amount of chargers produced by 50 percent. This would also decrease the
amount of waste created by discarded, useless cellphone chargers.



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Universal Chargers are a Good Start: 5 More Things That Need Conformity
Jeff Bertolucci,
PC World
Jun 29, 2009 6:09 pm
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/167578/universal_chargers_
are_a_good_start_5_more_things_that_need_conformity.html>


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Starting next year, Apple, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, and RIM will begin
making handsets with a standard phone charger based on the micro-USB
connector. The goal is to reduce the number of useless chargers we seem to
accumulate and then store in our junk drawers, closets, and boxes in our
basements.


To me this is one of those tech milestones that should have been passed
years ago. However, these handset makers deserve recognition for trying to
simplify our lives and reduce the number of obsolete adapters that get
thrown away. But I say to the tech industry: why stop at cell phone
chargers? Here's a quick list of product categories that could use a
little more conformity:


Device Chargers

Memory Cards

TV Remotes

Wireless Technologies

Game Controllers


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June 29, 2009 11:22 AM PDT
Apple, others agree to universal cell phone charger standard in Europe
by Marguerite Reardon
CNET News
<http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10274953-94.html>


Apple and other big phone makers have struck a deal with the European
Commission to start selling phones with universal cell phone chargers
starting next year.

Under the agreement, manufacturers would start using micro-USB connections
for phone chargers used for smartphones. Apple joins other big cell phone
makers including LG, Motorola, Nokia, Research In Motion, Samsung and Sony
Ericsson in agreeing to the new standard. Chipset makers, such as NEC,
Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have also agreed to the deal.

In February the GSMA, a trade association for mobile carriers using GSM
technology, said it had brokered a deal with handset makers to get the
micro-USB technology into cell phone chargers by 2012. And the CTIA, the
U.S. wireless trade association, backed the standard in April of this
year.

The initiative has many advantages. For one it makes it much easier for
consumers who no longer have to worry about losing their one and only cell
phone charger. It also cuts down on waste since people can reuse their
cell phone chargers when they get a new phone. Even though some cell phone
manufacturers were reluctant to give up their proprietary cell phone
chargers for fear that it would make it easier for customers to switch to
new phones from competitors, eventually standardizing on one technology
will help these manufacturers reduce costs.



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Standardized mobile phone charger coming to EUiPhone, too
Apple, Nokia, Samsung, and others have agreed to adopt a charging standard
for "data-enabled" mobile devices based on USB. The current agreement only
applies to the European Union, though it is hoped that the standard may be
adopted worldwide.
By Chris Foresman | Last updated June 29, 2009 1:39 PM
Ars Technica
<http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/06/
10-companies-agree-to-standardized-mobile-phone-charger-in-eu.ars>


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"In the European Union market alone, there are about 185 million new
mobile phones a year," Verheugen said. "We're talking about a very short
life cycle. Worse than that, if you've got different phones, it's always a
problem of making sure you've got the right charger." He held up a mass of
different chargers to illustrate his point. The standard should go into
effect by the middle of next year, with new phones being provided with a
charger that conforms to the standard. Eventually, phones are expected to
be offered without a charger, ultimately reducing waste and hassle for the
end user.

The standard will use USB for charging, and use a micro-USB connector on
the phone itself, so ideally any charger could be used with any phone. "On
principle, you would never have to buy a new charger again," Verheugen
remarked. The proposed standard only applies to "data-enabled" mobile
phones, though the percentage of smart phones versus standard mobile
phones is continually increasing.



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