Universal charger deal 'the sensible solution'

30 June 2009 — 2:00 PM

The new charger could make phones even greener

Mobile recycling has been given a boost this week by the announcement that the development of a universal phone charger is a stage closer.

An industry agreement signed by Apple, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, NEC, Research in Motion, Samsung and LG will see a new unit developed that can be used with all kinds of handsets.

It is hoped the move could mean a common mobile charger is on the market by next year and the problem of unwanted old adaptors begins to be reduced.

Commenting on the announcement, Consumer Focus issued a statement saying the telecommunications industry should be commended for choosing "to do the right thing for their customers".

"This is a sensible solution to an everyday gripe for mobile phone users, which should reduce frustration and confusion for consumers as well as cutting down on waste products," it added.

Nokia has previously said consumers who buy the N79 Eco package online will not receive a charger - allowing them to reduce waste by using their old one.

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