A universal phone charger for cell phones was recently approved by the Universal Telecommunication Union (ICU). Starting in the first half of 2010, you will see the universal phone charger with a micro USB type connector to be available for sale to the general public. The new standard charger will help save the environment because consumers will be holding on to their chargers longer. The universal phone charger should work on all future phones.
It looks like all the big phone makers have agreed to standardize on one universal phone charger for Europe. Well, it’s about time. Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Research In Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, NEC, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments will use the micro-USB connector pictured below.
Just think of all the phone chargers and car phone adapters you are no longer using every time you buy a new phone or an electronic equipment. Well, hopefully this standard will eliminate redundant chargers and finally save consumers money.
I already have a micro-USB charger that came with my Blackberry Curve phone. It just happens to be the same charger for the Garmin Nuvi GPS devices. This is awesome news. Hopefully, the standard is not only for Europe, but for the rest of the world.
Another innovative product from Apple has arrived. Its called the iPhone. It’s a cell phone, an iPod, and an internet device all wrapped in one little package. It’s powered by OS X and comes with the Safari browser and a touch screen. Like an iPod, you can play music, videos and display photos. Like the cell phone, it has all the typical features such as SMS and Voicemail. The price is a bit on the high side at $499 in my opinion. This gadget definitely possesses a “wow factor.” It also has the “I want to have one” effect on people. Is it worth the try? Not me. Not for now. The price has to go down considerably for me to get one. In the meantime, I’ll just admire the iPhone from a distance.