The search for a standardised USB charger for all mobile phones has taken a step closer with the backing of the International Telecommunications Union, the technology wing of the United Nations.
The plan is for all mobile phones to utilise the same charger by 2012, "Every mobile phone user will benefit from the new Universal Charging Solution (UCS), which enables the same charger to be used for all future handsets, regardless of make and model," the ITU said in a statement last Thursday.
According to the PC Magazine website, the ITU's UCS will standardise the connector that attaches to the phone, using the micro USB form factor. "UCS chargers will also include a 4-star or higher efficiency rating - up to three times more energy efficient than an unrated charger," the UCS added.
A European standard based on the micro-USB plug has been agreed by Motorola, Nokia, Apple, Sony Ericsson, LG, NEC, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung and Texas Instruments.
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