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Common cell phone power supply port coming, says CTIA chief

ORLANDO - By January 2012, all U.S. cell phones will have a common micro-USB interface that will allow universal external power chargers to use the port, CTIA Chairman Dan Hesse announced at a keynote at CTIA in Orlando.

The variety of charging ports used in cell phones and smartphones today has irritated American users for years, especially as Europe moved forward on a common micro USB interface for data devices.

For many phone customers, chargers and their wires clutter desk drawers, and when they become outdated are hard to recycle.

Noting CTIA's strong commitment to green technology, Hesse got a round of applause from thousands of attendees after announcing plans for the common charger interface.

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