If we can still afford new cell phones in 2012, they will finally have one thing in common.
Well, it didn't take them as long as hydraulic connectors for hoses.You'll be able to charge any new mobile phone from the same universal charger beginning on January 1, 2012. Except the iPhone.A new charging standard was announced by the GSMA Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and endorsed by 17 mobile handset manufacturers and service providers, including heavyweights such as Nokia, Motorola, Qualcomm, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung.The charging standard will be based on the industry-standard Micro USB interface. The iPhone, however, both charges from and communicates with computers and accessories using Apple's proprietary 30-pin Dock Connector. [More]