GSMA Say That All Mobiles To Use Same Charger By 2012

Micro-USB_and_USBEver thought to yourself, “why don’t all mobiles use the same charger style?”

Everyday at the office job there’s at least 2 emails asking “does anyone have a [insert phone manufacturer] charger?”.

The GSM Association has now come out and announced that it and 17 of its partner companies are working on this and hope to have a common format in place by 2012.

Before you point and laugh at that rather hopeful date the group is aiming for the common format to be micro-USB – and this is already used pretty much across the board.

The use of micro-USB apparently won’t be a firm requirement by 2012 but the GSMA says that the “majority” of new phones sold by then will support what they’re describing as the universal charging solution (or UCS).

The biggies such as Nokia, Motorola, LG, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson have signed on with the GSMA but there’s still a way to go. 

It’s no big surprise to see Apple’s name being absent amongst others.

BBC News