>>"Releasing a new standard is not necessarily eco-friendly nor economical."
Just releasing a new standard isn't, but when the new standard specifies an power-saving design then it is. Not having to put a charger with every phone also reduces the number of chargers made.
>>"Most people keep the same brand from phone to phone"
You mean "I keep the same phone from brand to brand"?
>>"my Nokia charger from 2001 will work in my new Nokia from 2008"
Lucky you, seeing as Nokia changed their plug a few years ago to a much smaller one. Therefore the old chargers wouldn't work without an adapter and vice versa. A few years before that they had an even larger one.
>>"That means I won't have to buy a spare, and I can reuse the old one, hence not trashing it."
You don't *need* to buy a spare anyway, usually, unless you want one in the home and one in the office for instance. However with a standard it means that you can borrow a charger from anyone. Charge it down the pub using their charger, charge it at your friend's using theirs, have a connector built in to every car, charge directly from your PC or laptop (without buying a kit with 10 different connectors in it), etc.
As mentioned every phone comes with a charger anyway - so the idea is that the manufacturers no longer provide a charger with their phones. That, therefore, helps your argument because if you change your phone every 2 years, between 2001 and 2008 then you already have 3 chargers. With a universal charger you would only need one.
>>"So congrats, GSMA, while you just made the AC/DC industry richer"
Why would AC/DC get richer? I know their trying to make a comeback at the moment but their latest single is pretty awful ;-)
On another note - how would it make electricity companies or phone charger manufacturers richer? Surely they will lose money as they will now be making less chargers (no longer 1 per new phone)?
>>"we all have to throw away our old useless chargers."
Why do you need to throw away your old charger? If you still have the phone it will work, of course. If you are going to buy a new phone this year (assuming every 2 years again) you will now have 4 chargers. Do you use all of them? If not you just have useless chargers lying around anyway.
>>"I'm always amazed at the ignorance of standards organizations"
I'm always amazed at the ignorance of forum ranters.