Imagine being at your friend's house and being able to borrow their cell phone charger, whether they had the same phone or not. Or not having to ever get a new charger because you got a new phone!

That's going to become the reality in Europe, as major cell phone manufacturers — including Apple, Nokia, Samsung, and BlackBerry maker RIM — have just agreed to start using a standard cell phone charger. The micro-USB connector that will be used by every cell phone across the sea has obvious advantages — less waste, high convenience (maybe you won't need to DIY that charging station after all), etc., etc.

I am psyched about this decision, but I'm annoyed that it's not happening in the US yet — maybe the European Commission's deal will precipitate a similar situation stateside? Plus, I just wonder why this very obvious conclusion hasn't happened yet.

Tell me, are you excited about this decision, or is it a day late and a dollar short?