CTIA-The Wireless Association announced today its commitment to support a common format for wireless phone chargers, known as the “Universal Charging Solution” (UCS). Developed by the Open Mobile Terminal Platform industry standards group and recently adopted by the GSMA, the UCS aims to reduce energy consumption and enhance the customer experience through the adoption of a single “one-charger-fits-all” solution for new wireless devices by Jan. 1, 2012. The UCS will use the Micro-USB format as the common universal charging interface, and use energy efficient chargers in compliance with U.S. “Energy Star” requirements for external power adapters that will provide an estimated 50 percent reduction in standby energy consumption.
“Earth Day serves as a great reminder that the wireless industry and all of us have a role to play when it comes to taking care of our planet. We recognize the need and the responsibility we have to help create a low-carbon economy, and the initiative to adopt a ‘Universal Charging Solution’ is an important step in the right direction,” said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association. “A universal charger will not only be more energy-efficient, it will also make life easier for consumers by allowing them to use the same charger for future handsets.”