Universal Charger for Mobile Phones by 2012

A new solution that will enable all new mobile phones globally irrespective of brand to be charged by a universal charger is to be unveiled soon.
The GSM Association (GSMA) in collaboration with 17 leading mobile operators and manufacturers at the GSM Congress, which ended in Barcelona yesterday unveiled plans by the association to implement a cross-industry standard for a universal charger for new mobile phones by 2012.
The association in a bid to enhance the experience of users said that the new initiative is to help ensure that the mobile industry adopts a common format for mobile phone charger connections and energy-efficient chargers resulting in an estimated 50 per cent reduction in standby energy consumption.
The initiative, when it comes on stream, will simplify the charging of mobile phones, which is currently complicated with different manufacturers creating different chargers for the phones they manufacture. A Nokia brand of phone has a different charger from that of the Motorola brand or the Sony Ericsson brand at the moment.
With this initiative however, all the brands will have just one universal charger, which users can use to charge their phones even if they are carrying a Nokia, Motorola or Sony Ericsson phone.
The initial group of companies collaborating with the GSMA in this quest include 3 Group, AT&T, KTF, LG, mobilkom austria, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
The group has set an ambitious target that by 2012 a universal charging solution (UCS) will be widely available in the market worldwide and will use Micro-USB as the common universal charging interface.
It agreed that by 1st January, 2012, the majority of all new mobile phone models available will support a universal charging connector and the majority of chargers shipped will meet the high efficiency targets set out by the OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform), the industry body who developed the technical requirements behind UCS.
CEO and member of the board of the GSMA, Rob Conway said that the initiative is an important step that could lead to huge savings in resources, not to mention convenience for consumers.
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