Why Can't We Get a Standard Phone Charger Like Europe?

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Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG, NEC, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung and Apple have all agreed to use the microUSB standard in their phones made for the European market. Why can't we have that?


No idea. We're surprised that Apple is getting in on this agreement, though, and we're wondering if the microUSB port will supplement or replace the standard Apple 30-pin iPod port. We're guessing supplement.

As a refresher, you should go and look back at our cable explainer to see what other kinds of cables are out there now. [Reuters via Slashdot]


Update: Looks like Apple's going to provide an adapter. [PocketLint]

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Personally, I hate both micro-USB and mini-USB connectors.

They are just way too flimsy! What's with the *plastic* connector in the center? Couldn't they have attached that to one side? I do administration of dozens of Blackberries at work, and they all inevitably suffer from a broken mini-USB connector. I just had to replace my mophie Juice Air pack because the micro-USB connector completely fell out of its housing.

You can't always blame the users too, especially when it's fragile to begin with.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for standardization, but perhaps they should start with better material inside the USB connectors to make sure it lasts a long time.