Following on a EU initiative mainly spearheaded by Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen, European Union officials reached a deal with ten of the world’s leading mobile-phone makers Monday to introduce a universal charger for smart phones This will increase efficiency and will be to the benefit for consumer, as it will lower hardware costs and for the environment, as there will be less waste. Although this might seem like not major news it’s still a very interesting intervention by the EU Commission; one that makes sense to a lot of people. Manufacturers that are included in the deal are Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion (BlackBerry), Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Texas Instruments, which means most of the main producers; the one missing here is Palm (Treo). The new inter-chargeable mobile phones will reach the EU market from 2010 onwards. Will be interesting what this will mean for the other markets too.
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