ITU-T recommendation for a Universal power adapter and charger solution for mobile terminals and other ICT devices website of the activity
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Moving to a universal charger will be a boon for both users and the environment by reducing the amount of waste, since fewer chargers have to be thrown away. It will make life a lot easier for users, who will be able to charge their mobile phones using any available charger, and when they buy a new phone they won't have to get a new charger. Every mobile phone user will benefit from the new ITU-T L.1000 recommendation – the Universal Charging Solution (UCS)-, which enables the same charger to be used for all future handsets, regardless of make and model. In addition to dramatically cutting the number of chargers produced, shipped and subsequently discarded as new models become available, the new standard will mean users worldwide will be able to charge their mobiles anywhere from any available charger, while also reducing the energy consumed while charging.
At the mobile phone end, the common charger uses the existing microUSB standard whereas at the power end, there is a standard-sized USB connector that can be plugged into a computer or one of the standardised mains adaptors that will be shipped with new smartphones. A total of 14 major manufacturers have committed to support the new ITU-T Recommendation.