If you’re a mobile geek, the majority of junk lying in drawers is likely made up of a vast array of mobile gadget chargers; land of the misfit and out-of-date toys. For those of us who change handsets like shoes, over the last decade, you’ve probably thrown out or hoarded a serious number of chargers.
Battery chargers are no friend to the environment, the impact of electronic waste in our all consuming society is a growing concern … maybe more of a concern for Europeans who’ve given handset manufacturers a bit of a push in the right direction.
The European Commission has urged mobile manufacturers to come up with a standard charger that will work with most data-enabled handsets and there’s a set deadline for 2011 (in Europe). Ten lead manufacturers have already agreed to their requests including Apple, Motorola, Samsung and RIM.
If the standard goes the way of the micro-USB connector, this means devices like the iPhone which use the 30 pin design would have to join the party. You mean I could charge my Android & iPhone with the same accessory? Yes!
There’s obviously a huge market for absent minded people who leave their chargers at home and if companies adopted the one-size-fits-all model, users stand to save some dough and be able to get a charge from any nearby accessory — a serious convenience.
It just seems logical that handset manufacturers would produce a cross-industry standard but ultimately leaving the fate of this in the hands of corporations may lead to… nothing.
As GSM World highlights, by uniting mobile handsets it will “ reduce thousands of tonnes of duplicate chargers, reduce standby energy consumption and enhance the end-user experience for mobile customers.”
The Universal Charging Solution, an initiative by GSMA, have signed on big name partners such as AT&T, Nokia, WIND and Rogers Wireless to name a few.
Mitti Storckovius of Nokia says “By supporting this industry initiative on common charging solutions, and enabling consumers to choose if they need a charger with every new device or can re-use existing ones, we can contribute further in improving the industry’s environmental footprint.”