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microUSB to become the standard for phone charging

The European Commission has a mandate in place for the microUSB port to now be used as the standard charger for mobile phones, which has been backed by 14 leading handset manufacturers.

Both the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) have agreed on the standard, along with Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, ALCATEL, Texas Instruments and Atmel.

This comes from an agreement initiated back in June 2009 for the need of a common charger by those bodies and companies, with the European Commission expecting the first common chargers and mobile phones compatible with the new standards to reach the European market in the first months of 2011.

The microUSB socket has already gradually become the standard way of charging a mobile device, where not a great deal of companies use anything else but that port these days. There are the exceptions though, with a few budget handsets having been seen of late with the older miniUSB sockets and some Eco models from Sony Ericsson with their bespoke FastPort charger

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