Feeling the pressure exerted upon by the European Union, the cell phone industry is currently planning to come up with a universal charger that would work with all phones to be released in the future. With the number of phones people in average households have had since the handheld became affordable to consumers of almost all income levels, old chargers might still be lying around unused. EU Industry Commissioner Gunter Verheugen was apparently fed up with this scenario and with 30 different available chargers in the European Union says his “patience is now at an end.” Making a universal charger instead of creating brand or even phone-specific models not only lessens the hassle, but also lessens wastes. “A universal charger will also make life much simpler for the consumer, who will be able to use the same charger for future handsets, as well as being able to charge their mobile phone anywhere from any available charger,” the GSM Association says. While final details are yet to be announced, sources report that the new charger will have a mini-USB connection that’s common to many smartphones nowadays. Additionally, the charger will be designed to be energy efficient which I think would mean an almost negligible vampire energy consumption like some of the most efficient chargers today. The 17 major handset makers and operators are reportedly in support of this move, so the while the targeted release date of 2012 seems a bit ambitious, it also seems perfectly possible as long as the project encounters no snags.