Even though global mobile sales dropped by 9.4 percent for Q1, still 269 million units have been sold globally.It’s a HUGE number. Most of the time, users will upgrade their mobile with the same brand (Nokia to nokia) they might not need an additional charger.
When universal charger becomes mandatory, its easy for both consumers and manufactures. For consumers it’s a convenient way to be connected without worrying on the battery back up and for manufacturers it’s a cost saving exercise and reduction in carbon emissions. The GSMA calculates a reduction in greenhouse gases from manufacturing and transporting replacement chargers of 13.6 to 21.8 million tons a year. Cast-off chargers currently generate more than 51,000 tons of waste a year!
So far, 17 companies have agreed to the pact including 3 Group, AT&T, KTF, LG, mobilkom austria, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone.