Korean Carriers Demand Standard Connector
Dec 13, 2005, 2:31 PM by (staff)
South Korea's three cellular operators have agreed on the specifications of a sync and charge port which will be required for all phones sold in the country. Traditionally manufacturers and carriers believe that unique ports create additional accessory sales. However Korean carriers have decided that by standardizing the port, new goods and services could be developed by carriers and third parties which would actually increase accessory sales as well as service subscriptions. The carriers have only recently signed a memorandum of understanding, and the deadline for standardizing on the new port has not been announced. It is not known whether models that come to the US will feature this new connector or traditional unique connectors.
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Please let this come to the USA!
I know it's just a power port, but this squelches innovation when the bottom dollar speaks.
We need this policy badly!
Not necessarily. This may be the case in phone nutty South Korea, but over here nobody's screaming for an exact standard. I agree with Phydeaux...need is a very strong word....
Sprint already has this
Now Data Ports are a different matter. I don't think you'll see a standarized port for awhile. Look at the Palm company, they have been putting so called "universal connectors" on their PDA's for years, but really the same connector only works for one or two models until the next standard (serial, usb, usb2.0) comes out.