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Korean Carriers Demand Standard Connector

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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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Dec 17, 2005, 11:09 AM

Already here....

i dont understand why you guys are all getting shook up about this. It is already here! Sprint has a standardized charging port and i sell plenty of car chargers. On that note, if you are in cell phone sales and 95% of your profits come from selling chargers then you are in the wrong business... Maybe you should start concentrating on generating new lines and upgrades instead of wondering how many car chargers you are going to sell today.

Dec 13, 2005, 2:41 PM

Please let this come to the USA!

We need this policy badly!
"need" is such a strong word.

I know it's just a power port, but this squelches innovation when the bottom dollar speaks.
This is the worse case I can think of, a large amount of my monthly sales come from accessories and primarily chargers. If this happens walmart/any hodgie mart will be undercutting us so badly this will severly hurt our business. I can see many stores...
Not necessarily. I buy Sony Ericsson phones and I've never had to purchase a different set of accessories. Many manufacturers create handsets that are compatible with existing accessories. Unless you change phone manufacturers like you change your und...
regine44 said:
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....
Ever think of this? If there was one standard, perhaps the cost of car chargers would go down! Also the crap we're selling right now breaks after a while anyway. There's no reason to change that part. 😉
Yes, we do need it here. It is not news in Korea. They have had a common port called the T-24 for power adapters and data cables for quite some time now. The E170 from Samsung I was using had that port and nearly all phones shipped and sold in Kore...

Dec 14, 2005, 2:31 PM

Sprint already has this

Sprint has their universal charging port that works for most of their models. The same charger that came with my A460 thats 3 years old works on my new MM-A920. It also works on my girlfriend's Sanyo 8200.

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.

Dec 13, 2005, 3:24 PM

Mini USB?

The article doesn't seem to say what kind of connector it will be...personally, I'm hoping for those mini-usb connectors that are now showing up on Motorola phones. That would be one less cable for me to have to carry around with me! :-)
hecks yeah! cameras use these cords too
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