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Industry Pushes to Standardise 3.5mm Jack On Phones

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Industry Pushes to Standardise 3.5mm Jack On Phones

Hooray for common sense!

After years and years of calling for the standardisation of 3.5mm audio jacks on mobile phones, international industry body the CTIA Wireless Association has finally announced it is pushing that very motion. The plan is to make 3.5mm jacks standard on all handsets released after January 2012, the exact same timeframe as universal charger format microUSB is expected to come into force.

"By simplifying input and output features on mobile devices, economies of scale will reduce consumers' costs," said CTIA president Steve Largent. Well I never.

At this stage we have yet to hear which manufacturers are backing the scheme, but it should gain widespread support since most do at least include the port on their higher end models. Furthermore, the universal charger proposal was met with extensive backing when it was announced and includes the likes of 3 Group, Apple, AT&T, KTF, LG, mobilkom austria, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

So will it all be smooth sailing? I'm not so sure, after all quite what the CTIA would make of Apple's proprietary headphone technology is another matter entirely...


Via Yahoo! Tech

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October 9, 2009, 4:13 am

HTC has also indicated that they will be using MicroUSB for data and charging and a 3,5 mm headphone jack for audio on their future phones. You can read about that here: http://tweakers.net/nieuws/629... It's in Dutch though, so you'll probably have to grab a translator.

Gavin Hamer

October 9, 2009, 4:57 am

Excellent news!

Is the 3.5mm audio jack the most enduring socket of all time? Other than power sockets, obviously.


October 9, 2009, 5:56 am

Finally. My iPod is my primary music device but occasionally that dies while im on the move, yet I REFUSE to carry around either an adapter or a second pair of headphones. Now I will be able to just plug my main headphones into what ever i need no fuss


October 9, 2009, 6:00 am

So... with 3.5mm taking up the same hight on a PCB as miniUSB, they need never have introduced microUSB!

And all my miniUSB-equipped things wouldn't feel like they were on death row...

It was becoming standardised by itself, damnit! :¬( Grrrr...


October 9, 2009, 11:21 am

would still like to see a 6.5 mm jack on something portable... like an amp, maybe?


October 9, 2009, 12:01 pm

no 1st gen iphone style jacks please!


October 9, 2009, 1:36 pm

A 6.3mm jack will be more useful than a 6.5...


October 12, 2009, 7:01 pm

Hingy / ilovethemonkeyhead - while on the subject, I've always wondered what the point in the 6.3mm is?

Is it just for the extra physical strength on devices that are likely to be moved with force? (eg. guitar, big headphones connected to a device that is not in my pocket etc.)

Other than that, I'd be happy for all of my devices with 6.3mm jacks to be replaced over time with 3.5mm, it would save me having to buy adapters, and I could pack things in tighter to my A/V cabinet....


October 14, 2009, 7:57 pm

Looks like I won't to jack it in after all in the future when I see nice phones with propriety kit.

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