Nokia Launches Energy-Saving Phones

Nokia has announced new phones designed to help users save energy by notifying them when their phone has been charged – a feature the company hopes to include across its product line. The phones feature an alert that encourages people to unplug the charger once the battery is full, helping to reduce the amount of electricity used. By 2010, Nokia hopes to have reduced the energy consumption of its chargers when it is plugged into an outlet by an additional 50% percent. The first phones that will offer the energy-saving alert system are the Nokia 1200, Nokia 1208 and Nokia 1650.

"Around two-thirds of the energy used by a mobile phone is lost when it is unplugged after charging but the charger itself is left in a live socket. We want to reduce this waste and are working on reducing to an absolute minimum the amount of energy our chargers use. The new alerts also play an important role, encouraging people to help us in this goal by unplugging their chargers," said Kirsi Sormunen, vice president of Environmental Affairs at Espoo, Finland-based Nokia.

News source: eWeek

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This to me seems useless. People know when their phone is fully charged, and if the charger itself left in the socket is using electricity, then it should have some sort of automatic on/off switch...

I think your all missing the point,

When your phone is fully charged the phone says in a synth voice 'Fully charged - you have 5 seconds to comply before this message self destructs'