Earlier this week i was sitting at Starbucks realizing my Blackberry battery was about to die. Natural re-action was obviously to grab my charger. But lone behold, no charger. Then I thought, I wonder if anyone here would have their phone charger.
So I asked one of the Starbucks Barista who I've become friends with if she had her phone charger. She didn't but her best friend, who also works at Starbucks does, but it was for her LG Android device and not a Blackberry.
Great I thought! See a couple years ago, all the phone manufacturers got together and agreed to use a standard charger. Then people don't have to buy all new chargers for things like their car.
This allows us to use one standard for most the phones on the market and makes it easy to share chargers.
There are 14 companies that have signed onto this agreement including: Nokia, Blackberry, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Apple.
The new standard is already in place for some of these companies however they have all agreed to get onboard by the end of 2012.
The new standard only technically applies in Europe but I doubt many phone manufacturers will build one type of charger for Europe and one for the rest of the world.
Sadly though, the Memorandum of Understanding isn't written in black and white. It allows the companies to signon even if Micro-USB isn't the standard but an adapter is available. For instance, Apple has signed on and is allowed to offer an adapter so people can connect their iPhones to a MicroUSB charger.
The winner is all this is obviously the environment. People will be throwing away less of their phone chargers that are phone specific.
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