Universal chargers promised.. for 2012.
This week, many major manufacturers
and operators along with the GSM Association (GSMA) got
together to declare a Universal Charging Solution
(UCS). Not only is this designed to eliminate the
mass of different chargers for different phones, but
also to drive towards more energy efficiency in the
These new UCS chargers will be based
on a micro USB connector, a feature that many phones
already have. So, not only will this standardise on
chargers, but at long last it should mean that all phones
can be charged from a PC USB port.
The GSMA says that this initiative could
reduce the numbers of chargers being made by about 50%,
because when people upgrade their phones, they can simply
keep the old charger. It also means that you are much
more likely to find someone with a compatible charger
if you haven't brought yours with you on a trip.
One potential drawback for manufacturers
is the impact on brand loyalty. If you own a Nokia phone,
then one advantage of buying another Nokia
phone is that you can usually use the old charger as
a spare. But on the other hand, any manufacturers who
don't sign up to UCS will be at a disadvantage.
The GSMA say that members include Nokia,
Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Motorola, Telefónica,
Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and 3. Many other operators
and manufacturers are also involved.
Despite these good intentions, the people
behind the UCS scheme pledge only to have a majority
of new handsets with UCS by 1st January 2012. We can
see no reason why it should take so long, surely this
kind of thing is achievable by 1st January 2010?