Good news for the consumer has come from MWC in Barcelona. At last, the mobile phone manufacturers have talked to each other and agreed on a universal phone charger that will be one-size fits all.
Hooray and about time too I say.
I don’t know about you but I have a drawer full of phone chargers that have only ever fitted one phone and my choice of new phone is often driven by the charger that I have for my car. Last year when my daughter and I upgraded our mobiles we chose the same supplier, same basic phone but one a slider and the other flat. Did they have the same charger? No, of course they didn’t.
Apparently the changeover to a micro-USB based connection has been driven by the lack of environmental awareness by the leading manufacturers and this system will have a 50% reduction in standby energy consumption. The GSMA has promised that by 2012 (is it just me or is everything ‘by 2012’?) the ‘majority’ of phones will have changed over to the system currently used for the new BlackBerry Storm.