Major producers of mobile phones, including Apple, Nokia, Samsung and LG have agreed to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones sold in the EU.
New chargers will be on the basis of the universal micro-USB connector. The first generation of new inter-chargeable mobile phones are expected to reach the EU market in early 2011.
The European Commission had concerns with incompatible chargers, for both being inconvenient to consumers and environment. The Commission requested a standardization in 2009.
The Commission urges consumers, who want to change their mobile phones, to usually acquire a new charger and dispose of the old one, even if it is in good condition.
14 companies have signed the agreement so far: Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion (RIM), Samsung, SonyEricsson, TCT Mobile (ALCATEL mobile phones), Texas Instruments and Atmel.