February 17, 2009 / 3:47 PM / 10 years ago

Mobiles to have same charging socket by 2012

A man takes a picture using the Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot mobile phone during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 15, 2009. The Mobile World Congress brings together top telecom companies, Internet groups, and handset makers in Barcelona February 16 till 19. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Key mobile phone industry players have agreed to fit phones with the same power socket by 2012, industry group GSMA said on Tuesday.

It said handsets would have a micro USB interface, already used to transfer pictures from digital cameras to a computer.

The initial group of companies that have signed for the change include Nokia, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

Operators such as AT&T, Orange, Telefonica, T-Mobile and Vodafone are also part of the initiative.

The GSMA said that eventually it expected mobile phones to ship without a charging plug and cable because everybody would have one.

This should also lead to less waste and could yield energy savings because the agreement calls for chargers to meet efficiency targets, the group said.

Reporting by Niclas Mika; Editing by David Cowell

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