A common complaint we hear from consumers is the plethora of phone charger types that cause those with several phones in a household to often have different chargers. The problem is that many phones use different connectors that OEMs adopt for their own phones, often to try and sell more accessories for the phone.
The initiative in the EU similar to what we heard about earlier this year has been signed by most of the major phone makers; the companies agreed on the micro-USB connector for all smartphones. The agreement has been signed by Apple, Nokia, RIM, Motorola, LG, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Sony Ericsson. The agreement only applies to smartphones.
It will be interesting to see if this agreement spreads to other countries. Apple is notorious for using the special dock connector for the iPhone (pictured) and it would appear expensive for them to have two different connectors after the switch to micro-USB is made in the next few years.