My dad recently lost the charger of his dual SIM Fly V 180 DS handset. Since the charger looked like a Micro-USB interface, I did a bit of research on the internet to check whether standard Micro-A, Micro-B, Micro-AB cables could be used as chargers.
Micro-USB is the standard for the Common Charger initiative. The new common charger should be hitting our shelves in the next few months of 2011.
Thanks to the EU Commission, all major mobile handset manufacturers (Apple, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, SonyEricsson, Texas Instruments) have agreed to adopt a universal charger for data-enabled mobile phones.
A thread at Nokia Conversations discusses the advantages for all stakeholders.
- For Consumers, in addition to the obvious benefits, standardisation would mean the cost of a charger would go down and its household reuse would increase
- Handset makers would have the option to ship new handsets without chargers thereby bringing down the packaging, shipping and overall costs
- Charger-less boxes would mean smaller storage space requirements for the retailer
- Hotels and other public places can now provide them to guests in need
- Envinronment friendly
Now that the charger (micro-usb) and audio jack (3.5mm) are standardised, I wonder what would it take to have standardisation of batteries for mobile devices.