Standardized microUSB charging by Jan 2012 confirms Sprint CEO

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has confirmed that, by January 2012, all US phones will use microUSB chargers, hopefully putting pay to the frustration of proprietary connectors and a plug-board full of different adapters. Speaking during the CTIA 2011 opening keynote, Hesse described the various types of charger port as a long-standing "pet peeve of mine."

It's not the first time we've heard of charger ubiquity, of course. MicroUSB was adopted as the European standard late last year, with Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and others all agreeing to comply.