Standard Universal Phone Charger by the End of the World?

by Mark R

The main association of mobile phone manufacturers, GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) has recently announced a plan to standardize all phone chargers with a microUSB connector.

What does that mean? It means that there will no longer be a myriad number of charging cords, with all those tips that are not compatible with each individual cellular phone manufacturer.

One of the motivations of this new agreement is to stop the environmental damage caused by the waste of old cellular phone chargers. Did you know that there is 51,000 tons of cell phone chargers being discarded a year? A standardized charger could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from this waste by 13.6 to 21.8 million tons.

Another economical and environmental improvement by the standardized charger is that they are projected to consume up to fifty percent less power.

The plan is to implement this sweeping change to the mobile phone industry by the year 2012. Isn’t when the world is coming to an end, according to some Mayan calendar? At least according to some new film by Roland Emmerich, the guy who gave us Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow.

So, by the time we have standardized phone chargers, it may be too late. Here is a list of those cellular phone companies who will be part of the deal: AT&T, KTF, LG, mobilkom Austria, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and 3 Group.

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5 reviews or comments

Sam Leung Says: February 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Oh my god they finally figured this out. Mini USB on my phones has saved me so many times, considering I work with computer and we have a squillion mini USB cables hanging around.

Mindy Says: February 20, 2009 at 3:41 am

My cousin works in IT for a huge UK mobile company, says they were told to buy up all the website names on the subject and says its because this will be big business.. he says his company already has huge sales projections for spare and replacement chargers.. so this looks like they have just created another must have phone accessory…

Patrick Says: February 20, 2009 at 7:14 am

“…there is 51,000 tons of cell phone chargers being discarded a year? …could reduce…by 13.6 to 21.8 million tons.”

I think reducing 51,000 tons by 13.6 million tons is a good thing. It will give us at least 13 million tons less of imaginary waste.

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