Cell phone companies work together on universal chargers

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Finally, the days of trying to figure out which cord goes with which mobile phone are hopefully over.  The mobile phone industry, specifically seventeen mobile phone manufacturers and operators, yesterday committed to developing a universal cell phone charger/adapter by 2012.  While on the surface such an announcement might be small in comparison with billion of dollars spent on network deployments, this industry based initiative could provide an estimated 50% reduction in standby energy consumption and thousands of ton of duplicate chargers – greatly reducing its carbon footprint.

Also, there is the added benefit for consumers of cheaper costs (with no charger cord) and less expenses for OEMs.  Companies that have joined the initiative include AT&T, KTF, LG, mobilkom austria, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone.  Key industry players not included are Apple, RIM and Palm. 

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    June 23, 2012 @ 8:45 am

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