A charger for the forgetful
A few month earlier, it was just an idea but now a phone charger called the Zero Charger will soon be available from AT&T, which will shut down as soon as the phone is fully charged. Cnet reports that the cell phones don’t consume too much power after they are fully charged but still plugged into the wall, but if you add all the cell phones together it makes a huge difference. International Telecommunication Union estimated that there are 4.6 billion cell phone subscriptions worldwide. According to Cnet AT&T estimates that if 80% of just their subscribers left their phones plugged into the wall for a year, the power that the phones draw would be equal to powering 24,000 homes for a year, or brewing 3 to 4 million cups of coffee each day!!
The great thing about this charger is that it will be interchangeable between different types of phones. So a household with multiple cell phones doesn’t have to have the same number of chargers. Also if you buy a new phone you don’t necessarily have to take the charger that comes with the new phone and instead continue using the Zero Charger. Since Zero Charger will work with multiple phones, less chargers will be bought and less chargers will end up in landfills. It is not clear at this point which phones will work with the new charger. It is assumed that it might be compatible with the Blackberry and the iPhone.
The Zero Charger will be available in May of this year for $29.99. AT&T’s recent efforts towards going green include smaller eco-friendly packaging.