EU Wants Mobile Phones To Use USB Chargers

The European Union is on the verge of establishing a standard for a new universal USB charger that would allow consumers to charge multiple phones with a single device.

The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the two EU standards bodies, released the standards for a common mobile phone charger for devices that can be connected to a computer.

In a press release, the European Commission said that it expects the new chargers to be available in European markets in the first months of 2011.

Antonio Tajani, the Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said in a statement that “I'am very happy that the European Standardisation Bodies have met our request to develop within a short space of time the technical standards necessary for a common mobile phone charger based on the work done by industry.”

The EU notes that having different charges for different mobile devices not only posed a problem for consumers but also for the environment. Plans for a universal mobile phone charger were first announced back in February 2009.