This week the European Commission saw every major producer of mobile phones agree to a memorandum of understanding, that calls for all data-enabled mobile phones to come with standard micro-USB connectors for common charging compatibility. This is a major step for EU standardization when it comes to electronic production, and it is impressive that so many phone manufacturers have embraced the policy. Apple, Nokia, Qualcomm, RIM, LG, Motorola, and Samsung are all on board, and they have said they will all start selling the same basic micro-USB chargers starting next year.
One of the many problems with the plethora of cell phones found throughout the European continent is that each brand uses a different charger, which leads to incompatibility problems and wasted resources. As such, the European Commission has supported the industry’s commitment to provide a common charger for mobile telephones. The implementation of this agreement will ensure compatibility and safe functioning of the new common EPS’s (external power supplies) with the different mobile terminals.
The development will be a major boon for EU consumers, as they will no longer have to sort through drawers full of old and obsolete chargers. The US had yet to make such a commitment, despite the obvious environmental and financial benefits. However with Apple reportedly putting a USB charger on their latest models, it should only be a matter of time before the US sees the benefits.