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Offline DaBees-Knees

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Phone Firms Back Common Charger Plan
« on: December 31, 2010, 07:10:57 pm »

Keeping a smartphone fully powered could soon be easier as manufacturers back common standards for chargers.

Technical specifications for chargers drawn up by the European Commission have won the backing of 14 phone firms.

Firms that have pledged to make chargers to the common standard include Nokia, Research In Motion, Apple and Samsung.

The first chargers produced to the specifications are expected to be available in early 2011.

The common chargers will be based around micro-USB technology and could see the end of proprietary power ports on handsets.

The process to create common chargers began in June 2009 when the Commission won pledges from phone firms to back any standards it drew up.

Following that agreement it started work on the specifications that have now been completed and sent out to handset makers.

The EU said many Europeans wanted to be able to use chargers for different smartphones and resented the inconvenience incompatible chargers caused.

Also, it said in a statement, eliminating the need to get a new charger when a phone was replaced had environmental benefits as it reduced the need to dispose of an old, but probably fully functional, charger.

The specifications only cover chargers for smartphones because, said the Commission, these are likely to be the most widely used type of phone in Europe within the next two years.

Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, welcomed the publication of the standards and said: "Now it is time for industry to show its commitment to sell mobile phones for the new charger."

The Commission is also talking to regulators with a view to getting the European specifications adopted worldwide.

It took a long time coming.  :gum:

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Re: Phone Firms Back Common Charger Plan
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2011, 01:27:29 am »
blackberry (research in motion) and motorola have been using the 5pin mini usb for quite some time....

what surprises me is that apple is joining this... tho somehow i think apple will still require their expensive cable for data transfers and just use the usb connector for charging....

Offline Bluey_412

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Re: Phone Firms Back Common Charger Plan
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2011, 05:01:52 am »
Being a long-time Nokia user, i could never figure why other makers needed those multi-connector fragile proprietary plugs anyway, nokia long ago settled for the standard (2 connector) co-ax power connector, with only size reductions in their newer models, and hell they work and are reliable.

And because Nokia phones are so popular, theres a good chance of finding someone with a charger if you ARE caught flat...
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