The GSM Association announced the creation of a universal cell phone charger that will function with most mobile phones by 2012. The technology is based on the popular micro-USB interface.

Not-so-curiously absent from the announcement was Apple and its hugely popular iPhone, which sports a unique charging mechanism. So what gives? Will Apple kill the universal charger?

Members on the phone and chipset side include LG, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

Members on the operator side include 3 Group, AT&T, KTF, Mobilkom Austria, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telef