CTIA supports standardized chargers and headphone jacks


The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) announced it is supporting initiatives to standardize chargers and headphone jacks for all mobile devices.

CTIA, whose members include major wireless device manufacturers, is supporting the micro-USB standard for chargers and the 3.5-millimeter plug for headphone jacks on all devices released after 2012 in a bid to reduce consumer frustration and reduce costs for customers, manufacturers and operators. In particular, the enterprise can benefit because businesses will likely be able to spend less on replacement chargers for their employees' devices.

While manufacturers aren't bound to the choice, it appears device makers are supportive of the move. The European Union wants a universal charger and the initiative is supported by Apple, LG Electronics, Nokia, Qualcomm and Research In Motion.

For more:
- take a look at this InformationWeek article

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