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Belfast, Tuesday 8 February 2011

A common charger compatible with mobile phones of all brands is the simple idea that the Commission has been pushing for many years. Thanks to cooperation between fourteen companies and the European Commission the solution is there: New technical standards for data-enabled mobile phones were published on 29 December 2010.

Today, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship received a sample of a compatible common charger and said: “I welcome the roll out of new chargers for mobile phones based on the new EU standard. This is genuine good news for the European consumer. Now we await the arrival of the new charger and compatible mobile phones on the shelves. I urge industry to speed up their introduction in the market to enable citizens throughout the EU to enjoy the advantages of a common charger as soon as possible”.

Today marks the start of an implementation process triggered by the European Commission. The support of the Commission has enabled manufacturers to deliver this benefit to European consumers in a relatively short period of time. The EU has achieved the common charging solution using a common-sense approach that benefits everyone - without the need for any new regulation. The European Commission will work with industry so that European consumers can profit from the initiative as soon as possible.

The publication of the standards in December 2010 means that mobile phone manufacturers can now proceed with required design and testing changes for chargers ensuring compatible phones are safe and interoperable. Compatible data-enabled mobile telephones of different brands can now operate with the same common charger – a big step forward for mobile phone users. The fourteen manufacturers have agreed to introduce the new common mobile phone chargers onto the European market in the course of 2011.

For more information: see the full press release or visit the One charger for all website



Please refer media enquiries to Catherine McShane at the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland on 028 9024 0708 or email


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