You have an Android phone. Your wife has an iPhone. And your kids? They're rocking basic cell phones. That's all well and good, but wouldn't it be great if all them shared a single type of charger?
Such a scenario could be a reality in 2011, the UK's Telegraph reports. Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Research in Motion (RIM), and 10 other big name mobile manufacturers have received details from the European Commission on a new standard connection.
"Now is the time for industry to show its commitment to sell mobile phones for the new charger," said Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission. "The common charger will make life easier for consumers, reduce waste, and benefit businesses. It's a win-win situation."
According to the EC, the lack of a universal standard puts a major damper on the environment, as "users who want to change their mobile phones must usually acquire a new charger and dispose of the old one, even if it is in good condition."