Posted 20/Nov 2010 at 01:42
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A "new" standard for Mobile Phone chargers: EN62684 or Micro-USB

That what has been rumoured for a while now, and even appeared confirmed to me, has once again popped up in the media. All mobile phones will have the same standard for charging. Yay!

A bit funny though, that Danish media today report about it as if it's something new. Some even report that the first chargers of the new format will hit the stores in a few months. But as the picture clearly shows, I already have one. And the Xperia X10 Mini Pro to charge it with.

So what's the gist of this news popping up right now? Looks like the charger itself, based on Micro-USB has been agreed upon back in 2007. Back then it was agreed that manufacturers would start to stell phones and chargers according to the new standard starting from 2010. And that is now. So Dansk Standard apparently thought it was needed to send out a press release. This was picked up by media as something entirely new. And instead of using layman's terms, they chose to refer to it under the technical number:  EN 62684. Sony-Ericsson, Nokia, Apple and all the others will now have about a year until the 1st of January 2012 to make sure that the majority of all phones will support the new standard.

Oh, and of course you can use the same USB cable to copy pictures, MP3's and other files between your phone to your computer. But I already heard of a Nokia phone which uses MicroUSB for charging, and their own proprietary cable for data transfer.

For those who don't know it yet. The story behind the universal charger is that people who have different mobile devices, need a different charger for almost each one of them. This polutes the earth, so then somebody started to stamp their feet and suddenly one said: "OK, let's take that one." Personally, I think the driving force behind this agreement is just money. Manufacturers can still charge the same for a phone, but don't need to ship a wire.

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