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Finally a Standard

So after all is said and done and many many years of people complaining it looks like the manufacturers are finally going to standardize on a charging port.  That means no more things like the Apple wall charger or the Sony Ericsson fastport.

This is all coming from an article at Arstechnica.com

...The European Commission announced today that 10 mobile phone producers, which represent some 90 percent of the mobile phone market in the European Union, have signed a voluntary agreement to use standardized chargers for mobile phones using a micro-USB connector. The agreement addresses the EC's concern that mobile phone chargers create needless electronic waste...

This is great news it means that in the future, since no start date was anounnced, all cell phones will use a microUSB port for charging.  No longer will you have to search for one basically any charger will work with any phone.  As it was said in the article not only will it help standardize on it this will also greatly reduce waste since each phone you get will not need a new charger.  The downside this will likely mean that wall chargers and car chargers will have to be bought seperately or when you buy a new phone you'll still have too many chargers that they will end up in the garbage.

Right now there are only 10 manufacturer's who have agreed to the standard

...So far, the 10 companies that have signed the "Memorandum of Understanding" submitted to the EC includes Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Texas Instruments. The commission estimates that these 10 companies represent approximately 90 percent of the mobile phone market in Europe...

So maybe not everyone's onboard yet but 90% are so there is no real worries.  Hopefully it doesn't take to long for this to come to market.

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