The European Commission is planning to force cell phone companies to standardize their cell phone chargers so that all phones will use the same style of charger. The goal is to cut down on the amount of waste caused by the variety of chargers currently used. Cutting down on e waste is great, but the move should also eliminate a major irritation for consumers — many of whom, like me, have piled up obsolete but perfectly workable phone chargers lingering around from dead cell phones.
Hopefully the EC push for standardization will lead to broader standardization as the companies in compliance eliminate their non-standard chargers. Of course, the industry is already claiming standardization is an impossible pipe dream. Read more about it at Telecom Paper.