Europe charges ahead with needed technology

Among the great issues of the day, this is not one. But the possible end to one of life’s little annoyances should not pass without comment.

Soon, the days of all the members of a household trying to remember which cell phone charger goes with which phone may be over. Rank that right up there with the creation of the USB, or the advent of fuel injection and the end of vapor lock.

The bad news is that the universal cell phone charger is to debut in Europe. The good news is that most of the world’s cell phone manufacturers have promised that the technology will move to the colonies as soon as possible.

In Europe the new device is expected to be on the market within six months.

Major cell phone manufacturers have agreed on a standard charger that will operate on a micro-USB port similar to those used on BlackBerrys today.

Certainly that will eliminate one of life’s headaches. It will also result in a huge reduction in electronic waste. Chargers typically end up in the trash every time one buys a new phone. With the new charger there will be no need to do that.

Kudos to the European Union for pressing the issue.


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