Fabian Demicoli

Consumers will soon see rollout of universal phone charger

On 8 February, Europe's largest digital technology organisation, Digital Europe, delivered a sample of a universal mobile phone charger to European Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The charger is based on the new EU technical standards published last December for data-enabled mobile phones, which call for the use of Micro-USB connectivity or an adapter if the phone does not support that interface.

The Commissioner welcomed the initiative, saying it paved the way for compatible mobile phones across the EU. No clear timetable is yet in place for the rollout of the compatible devices, but the fourteen manufacturers who signed a memorandum of understanding in 2009, to make their devices compatible with the standard, agreed to introduce the chargers this year. Nokia, Motorola, Apple, Research in Motion (makers of Blackberry), and several others have signed on to the initiative, citing advantages such as reducing electronic waste and simplifying life for consumers across the EU.

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