One for All

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So the EU Commission has gotten agreement from 10 major phone manufacturers on a common mobile phone charger.

This means people will no longer need to ask questions such as “Do you have a Nokia charger” or whatever. The common charger will be based on Mini-USB. According to the BBC there are more than 30 different types of chargers for handsets throughout Europe.

The 10 companies who have agreed to this measure are:

  • Apple
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • NEC
  • Nokia
  • Qualcomm
  • Research in Motion
  • Samsung
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Texas Instruments

Those companies account for 90% of Mobile Phone sales in the EU. I think this is good news for Consumers and well done to the Commission and in particular to Günter Verheugen, the Commissioner for Enterprise.

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

2 thoughts on “One for All”

  1. I have to say, I was very surprised to hear Apple commit to this policy, a huge industry has developed around their own propriatarey(and now pretty much standard) dock connector, I don’t think they could honestly get rid of it with so many devices(suound systems, chargers, docks, car integration sytems, other general accessories) designed around it, and for them to introduce a side-by-side Mini-USB would be very unlike them in design, God knows Apple aren’t exactly one for standardisation, oh well, I guess we’ll see how it goes…

  2. Your kinda right Alan, I think the dock connector will stay though, where they will put the charger connector is another thing…. We will find out next year though or maybe the year after for Apple.

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