Micro-USB Mobile Phone Charging Standard Announced

If all goes well, the next time your phone dies at a friend's house you'll no longer be left cursing the gods regarding the lack of standards for USB phone cables.

Last week, at the Open Mobile Terminal Platform, mobile phone manufacturing leaders such as Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and LG discussed the future of phone charging and data exchange. The companies agreed to adopt a new USB standard called Micro-USB, hopefully putting an end to the mess of incompatible proprietary power connectors that has plagued the cell phone industry for years. The move will likely be first implemented in next year's cell phone designs. The Micro-USB standard was develop early this year and introduced by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the group responsible for new USB standards.

Until a new standard is adopted, consumers will finally be able to use their old charger when they purchase a new phone. Companies will no longer have to pay for part of the user disposal and recycling fees for chargers as certain environmental laws worldwide have forced them to do in the past. Another financial benefit for the cell phone companies is that they won't have to include a charger with phones they sell, possibly cutting a major cost. This will in turn allow for smaller, lighter phone boxes, which will cost less to ship and store. Overall, both companies and consumers should end up spending less money once the new standard is implemented.

News source: DailyTech

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i think this is a good thing too. Doesn't the new RAZR use micro-usb? I remember seeing something about some phone on CNET using "yet another plug" but it was micro-usb at least. My headset uses mini-usb. This would definitely come in handy but what about all those chargers with different voltages? You go to your friends house and plug in to charge up, PUFF goes some nice blue cloud

I couldn't care less what it plugs into as long as it comes with something, and that something doesn't take more than a night to charge my phone.

I don't care how universal it is, I want a damn charger with my phone. It's bad enough mp3 players don't come with ac adapters anymore, I'd hate to have to buy one for my phone too or use one that may be on the old side.

oh that is you bought a crappy ipod.
lots of mp3 come with charger even the chinese copycats.

Another financial benefit for the cell phone companies is that they won't have to include a charger with phones they sell, possibly cutting a major cost.

this is just a rumor, they didn't they actually going to... cellphone market is too big to do so

Joseph21 said,
oh that is you bought a crappy ipod.
lots of mp3 come with charger even the chinese copycats.

Really? Let me list all the top mp3 player lines that don't include a power cord:
iPod
Zune
Zen Vision
Sansa
Archos
All Samsung's

Yeah, it's just the iPod, right? And I know it's only speculation, but considering the way these companies work, they'll charge the same as they're charging now and simply leave out the cable. If that were to happen, I'd be less than pleased.

bangbang023 said,

Really? Let me list all the top mp3 player lines that don't include a power cord:
iPod
Zune
Zen Vision
Sansa
Archos
All Samsung's

Yeah, it's just the iPod, right? And I know it's only speculation, but considering the way these companies work, they'll charge the same as they're charging now and simply leave out the cable. If that were to happen, I'd be less than pleased.


I think all of those companies led by Apple's example. Shame, really, I'd hate to see them do the same with the iPhone