Guardian: Mobile manufacturers agree to universal charger; June 30th, 2009

The days of drawers full of chargers for mobile phones you no longer use could soon be over after manufacturers agreed to use a universal model. Companies including Nokia, Apple, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Texas Instruments, NEC, Qualcomm and Research In Motion have signed up to offer the charger, which will be based on a Micro-USB connector.

Currently, when consumers buy a mobile phone they are provided with a new charger even if the old one still works. The European commission had asked companies to work on harmonising chargers in the EU in a bid to cut down on waste. Unused chargers amount to thousands of tonnes of electronic waste a year: it was threatening legislation unless a voluntary deal was reached.
The EU industry commissioner, G√ľnter Verheugen, said he was pleased with the agreement, which would make life much simpler for consumers. “They will be able to charge mobile phones anywhere from the new common charger. This also means considerably less electronic waste because people will no longer have to throw away chargers when buying new phones,” he said. The deal isn’t legally binding though and, at this stage, is only voluntary.
see also:

Earth911: Mobile Industry Leaders Agree to European Universal Charger; June 30th, 2009

EurActiv: EU industry commits to universal mobile phone charger ; June 30th, 2009

BBC: Universal phone charger deal done; June 29th, 2009

GSM World: Mobile Industry Unites to Drive Universal Charging Solution for Mobile Phones; February 17th, 2009

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