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Mobile makers agree on standard micro-USB charger for Europe

Are your cupboards full of old phone chargers? They seem to accumulate with every new mobile, and are rarely useful again. Hoping to change this wasteful scenario, the European Union have proposed – and ten leading manufacturers agreed to – a new standard that will see micro-USB charging devices used for all data-enabled mobile phones. The hope is that, within three to four years, mobiles and chargers will be sold separately in Europe, and they’ll all be compatible.


The chief object here, of course, is waste-reduction. With 400 million mobile phones in Europe and 185 million expected to be sold in 2010, there are an awful lot of redundant chargers out there. The EU believes unwanted phone accessories account for thousands of tons of waste in Europe annually.

Read more here: Gizmag
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