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Standard mobile phone charger 'will be good for consumers'
(06/01/2011 15:55:16)

The roll-out of a standard mobile phone charger would be a positive development for consumers, an expert has stated.

According to Conrad Longmore, editor of Mobile Gazette, a number of manufacturers are already embracing this concept.

This, he said, is because the benefits that a common phone charger has to offer are "immediately obvious" to these companies.

Mr Longmore stated that a standard device would help people to save money and offer them more flexibility when it comes to buying a mobile phone.

In addition, he said a common phone charger could have environmental benefits, as it would potentially "eliminate a good deal" of electronic waste.

"You can use just about any charger to charge any device and if you recycle your old handset, you can still keep the old charger as a spare," Mr Longmore commented.

Consumers were also advised that regardless of what type of handset they own, they would always be able to find a compatible charger nearby.

Mr Longmore was speaking shortly after the European Union said brands such as Nokia, Apple, Motorola Mobility and Sony Ericsson have already backed the idea of creating a standard device.

The international body said an agreement on the issue from the biggest firms in the mobile phone industry has been sought because consumers find the incompatibility of chargers a "major inconvenience".

Common chargers and compatible handsets are expected to be rolled out across member states during the next few months.

EU officials also highlighted the environmental consequences of the existing state of affairs.

The organisation said users who want to upgrade to a new handset have to dispose of the old charger even if there is nothing wrong with it.

This, it warned, is creating a "considerable" environmental problem that requires a technical solution from different mobile phone brands.


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