No more asking around the office for the right sort of charger. At least that's what European Union and mobile-phone officials hope. Ten of the world's leading cellphone makers announced Monday they would unveil a universal charger for data-enabled handsets as of next year.
EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen said selling one, standard charger would cut costs for manufacturers and reduce the number of chargers thrown away when consumers buy new phones.
Under the accord, the companies, including Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Apple, Motorola, Research in Motion and Samsung, committed to developing the universal charger, which will work for data-enabled cellphones that support USB data exchange.