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Universal Cell Phone Chargers in Europe by 2011

One Charger For All European Cell Phones Coming in 2011

Yes, that's right — a new effort from the European Commission states that most cell phones sold in Europe will have the same chargers. So far, ten companies have signed onto the initiative, including Apple, RIM, Samsung, and Motorola. For consumers, this means not having to worry about a brand-new, potentially obscure charger with each new phone purchased. What's more, hotels will be able to stock chargers (maybe even one per room!) for guests, and most importantly, when you realize you've left your charger at home, you can ask a friend to borrow theirs — and it will work! The chargers will use a micro-USB connection.

So, when can we expect the same thing in the US? Find out after the break.

Sadly, this initiative is not expected to translate to the US on the same time frame. While companies producing phones in this country may start to adopt similar charges (Motorola and Samsung have already committed to the project, but with no timeline or expected launch date), it's unlikely that the FCC or any other government agency will step in with an enforceable deadline to make companies comply. Fingers crossed that this same initiative will make it across the pond soon!

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