Old cell phone chargers generate 50,000 tons of waste a year, not to mention the fact that it's a hassle to have to get a new charger every time you get a new phone. However, there may be relief in site. Cell phone industry leaders are working on a plan to create a universal charger by 2012, which would help the environment and make things more convenient for cell phone buyers. Cell phones companies are constantly coming out with the newest model and the latest features which means you probably have several old phone chargers lying around your house that you no longer have use for. GSMA is the mobile phone industry group that represents 750 mobile operators worldwide. The company announced a plan to standardize chargers by 2012, and 17 mobile phone companies and handset makers have hopped on board including Motorola and T-mobile. Phone companies will be manufacturing the chargers, but they will be interchangeable. All of the chargers will use the same type of USB connector. With this plan, GSMA predicts the number of chargers manufactured every year would be cut in half, thus reducing greenhouse gas emission and waste. Nokia isn't waiting until 2012 to save energy. It has a charger out now that beeps when the phone is fully charged, reminding people to unplug it. Other companies are setting 2012 as their goal. It's unclear whether car phone chargers will be mandated to be universal.
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