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Mobile phone companies agree to use universal charger

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Mobile phone companies agree to use universal charger

Mobile phone manufacturers have agreed to use a universal charger, in a bid to clamp down on waste and reduce environmental damage.

LG, Apple, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Research in Motion and Sony Ericsson have pledged to offer the charger with their handsets from 2010 under a Memorandum of Understanding.

Prior to the agreement, the EU had been lobbying companies to act and had threatened sanctions in the event that they did not do so voluntarily.

Audrey Gallacher, customer relations expert at Consumer Focus, said: "The industry has chosen to do the right thing for their customers by introducing a common phone charger," she said.

"This is a sensible solution to an everyday gripe for mobile phone users, which will reduce frustration and confusion for consumers as well as cutting down on waste products."

News of developments comes amid the announcement of a series of eco mobile phones due in forthcoming months as the industry looks to improve the environmental credentials.

These include the C901 Greenheart and Naite from Sony Ericsson. Meanwhile, Nokia’s prototype 3110 Evolve recharges via ambient radiowaves and is due to appear within three years.

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