EU Released Universal Common Mobile Phone Charger with Micro-USB

It is no longer straight nowadays for one person to have more than one cell phone chargers but sometimes you may not be able to borrow one that is compatible with your phone. It is recorded that every year just in the European countries more than 50,000 ton electronic trash are generated due to phone chargers. Incompatibility of mobile phone chargers causes not only inconveniences for users, but is also an important environmental issue in the European Union. It is time to put an end on this era. On February 8th, 2011 European Union released the first model of common mobile phone charger. This new model just charges your phone via a Micro-USB plug. European Union states that it is welcomed that this mobile charger can be compatible to all the cell phone produced in the future.

Research has found that even though there are diversified mobile phone chargers in the market today, in Shanghai even to throughout the world, more and more new-released cell phone has adopted Micro-USB interface. It is believed that in the near future, a single mobile phone charger is enough for most cell phones.

New Mobile Phone Charger will be Put into Production this Year

New technical standards for data-enabled mobile phones were published on 29 December 2010. Today, Vice President Antonio Tajani receives a sample of a compatible common charger from Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE, the largest Association of European digital technology industry.

“I welcome the rollout of new chargers for mobile phones based on the new EU standard,” Tajani said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “This is genuine good news for the European consumer. Now we await the arrival of the new charger and compatible mobile phones on the shelves.”


In European Union countries there are more than 30 kinds of cell phone charge adapters. Following a request from the European Commission, 14 major mobile phone manufacturers agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones sold in the EU. The MoU signatory companies include Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sony Ericsson, TCT Mobile (ALCATEL mobile phones), Texas Instruments and Atmel.

Following a mandate from the European Commission, the European Standardization Bodies CEN-CENELEC and ETSI issued the harmonized standards to be adhered to by data-enabled mobile phones compatible with the new common charger as of 2011. The common charger solution is based in the Micro-USB connector technology. For phones that do not have a Micro-USB interface an adapter is allowed under the Memorandum of Understanding.

The agreement covers data-enabled mobile phones, i.e. those that can be plugged into a computer to exchange for example pictures, files and music. Data-enabled mobile phones are already predominant on the market. So called Smartphone are a segment of data-enabled mobile phones.

Micro-USB Interface

Micro USB is a new USB interface that can support both charging and data transmission simultaneously. It can not only guarantee the compatibility via different brands chargers, but also can cover security and electromagnetic radiation. On February 8th the EU released the common mobile phone charger which connect to mobile phone via micro USB plug and directly plug into the power with the EU plug. With micro-USB interface for charging, it only takes about 2 hours for most mobile to fully charged. For some batteries with larger capacity, it may need about 6 hours. In one word, it will be the most convenient way since in the future all mobile phones of different brands or different types can work with the same charger. No new charger is needed to go with a new mobile phone.

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