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Cell Phone Makers Agree: One Thing to Charge Them All

This is incredibly good news, and will solve one of the major annoyances of the information age: "The world's major cellphone manufacturers...


This is incredibly good news, and will solve one of the major annoyances of the information age:"The world's major cellphone manufacturers have announced plans to standardise chargers for all phones by 2012, reducing the need to bundle chargers with every phone and changing the fact you can rarely borrow a charger for your phone when you need to."Forgetting your charger on a weekend trip: not such a big deal anymore. No need to buy a new charger with each phone. A whole household could share just one charger. And they're moving to a more energy efficient standard. This will dramatically reduce the amount of plastic crap created and the amount of energy wasted.The cellphone manufacturers are saying the decision was inspired by a new sense of environmental responsibility. It's not clear that's true:"What seems to have tipped the balance in favour of standardisation has been the growing dominance and falling cost of the micro-USB connection for data transfers, rather than a sudden outbreak of customer care."Good news nonetheless. Now they just need to get cracking on that heirloom cell phone.