Could this be the most sensible development of the year so far...?
Delivering a great bitch slap of common sense today is the Open Mobile Terminal Platform - a consortium comprised of manufacturers like LG, Nokia, Samsung and prominent rebadgers such as Vodafone, Orange, 3 and T-Mobile - which declared a consensus on a universal mobile phone charging standard: the humble micro USB.
Also given backing by the USB Implementers' Forum, the choice of micro USB (above right) is an interesting one since while most handsets opt for mini USB (above left), micro's reduced size has greater future proofing for ultra thin handsets and is still capable of supplying both power and data. On top of this there are the environmental benefits of single cable solutions and even financial rewards since money can be consolidated not having to regularly come up with new connectors (or even bundle one?), a saving which could be passed onto the consumer.
On the downside, most smartphones were only just grouping towards mini USB so in order to throw out all our cables we are going to have to throw out all our cables (humour credit: reader Dave). Furthermore, OMTP hasn't given a timeframe or cut-off point when all its members must comply with the decision.
Needless to say, kicking a little sand into our faces are Sony Ericsson and Apple who were - predictably - not involved...