BEIJING -- The Chinese government is to set a single national standard
on mobile phone chargers sold in the country to avoid waste and to lower costs,
the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) has announced.
the new standard, all mobile phones, regardless of the brand, will be able to
share one charger with a USB access, allowing users to charge handsets through
The unified standard will cut the cost of a new handset and reduce electronic
waste and consumption of resources, an MII official said.
The official said no deadline had been set, so as to allow charger makers to
adjust their production.
China has almost 450 million cell phone subscribers, with up to 100 million
replacing their phones every year. The chargers are often disposed of with the
Under the new standard, cell phone manufactureers are expected to change
their sales strategy, putting an end to the package sales of cell phones and
chargers to save resources.
Lou Peide, executive secretary general with China Mobile Communications
Association, estimated the new standard could save nearly 2.4 billion yuan (306
million U.S. dollars) each year for handsets made in China if the cost of each
charger was seven to eight yuan.