Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Universal Phone Chargers

This might be interesting:

…17 leading mobile operators and manufacturers….[have] 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.

I’ve had ‘uses standard mini or micro USB’ on my ‘required’ check list for any phone, bluetooth headset, pda, navigation or other portable device for quite a while. That’s simply because I’m tired of trying to maintain multiple chargers at work, home, in each of my cars and whenever I travel. Today, If I travel with a laptop, I carry a USB->Mini cable and mini->micro adapter, and I charge my phone & headset from the laptop. If I travel w/o a laptop, I carry a couple of Motorola mini USB battery packs along (P790’s). The bottom line? If it isn’t mini or micro USB, I don’t buy it.

What’s nice about this is for manufacturers is there will no longer by any reason to include a charger with the device. For consumers, it will mean that a new phone, PDA or headset will not require the extra purchase of (in my case) three car chargers and a couple of sync cables. Everyone already has a drawer full of mini/micro USB chargers and one in every car (or at least I do).

It’ll be interesting to see if this is more than just a press release.

Via Tech at Play

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