Standardized Chargers for Mobile Phones by 2012
17 leading mobile phone manufacturers including Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung have announced their intention to move towards a universal mini USB charger.
"The group has set an ambitious target that by 2012 a universal charging solution will be widely available in the market worldwide," said a statement from industry body the GSM Association.
This is great news for the many seasoned mobile phone users out there who maintain a drawer full of now obsolete, device specific, charger cords that vary only slightly in there in design.
In addition, this move has some obvious environmental benefits - reducing the waste from unwanted chargers.
The GSMA also stressed the environmental advantages of the new standard, saying the new charger would be more energy efficient and would reduce waste from unwanted or obsolete chargers.
"A universal charger will also make life much simpler for the consumer, who will be able to use the same charger for future handsets, as well as being able to charge their mobile phone anywhere from any available charger," it said in a statement.