We know what you're thinking: what could possibly be cool about a simple micro-USB charger? Well, lots of things, turns out -- and T-Mobile's latest three-pack of aftermarket chargers might just be worth the cost of admission over the standard wall wart your phone's manufacturer tossed in the box. There are three models available -- a wall charger, car charger, and 2-in-1 model that'll do both -- and all of them promise to charge your handset 20 to 50 percent faster than a standard model. What's cooler, though, is that they all feature extra USB ports in addition to the built-in micro-USB cord, allowing you to plug in and charge a second device of your choice, and the cord's never going to get too messed up thanks to an integrated spool that lets you keep everything wound up when it's not in use. If you're feeling green, take heart -- both the wall and 2-in-1 models have the best possible Energy Star rating. They're available now for between $30 and $40 online and in "select" stores, with a nationwide roll-out following on July 19. Follow the break for T-Mobile's press release.

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Micro USB Chargers

T-Mobile Micro USB Chargers are designed to provide customers with a convenient, fast-charging solution, while helping to reduce the number of cords needed for charging other electronic devices. Chargers include the Micro USB Car Charger, Micro USB 2 in 1 Wall Charger and the Micro USB Wall Charger. Each of these chargers are:
  • Fast and Energy Efficient: All three Micro USB Chargers provide customers with a faster charge time - charging phones at least 20% faster and up to 50% faster than standard chargers (depending on the phone). The chargers also feature a high-efficiency LED, which activates when the charger is plugged into a power source, reminding customers that the charger is still in use – providing a visual prompt to unplug chargers when not in use. The Micro USB Wall Charger and Micro USB 2 in 1 charger have a Level 5 Energy Star rating – the highest rating for consumer electronics.
  • Convenient: The Micro USB Chargers feature an extra USB port, allowing customers to charge other electronic devices using the same charger, such as an MP3 player, Bluetooth headset or digital camera. Having one charger compatible with many electronic devices eliminates the need for additional cords and equipment when traveling.
  • Neat and Tidy: The Micro USB Chargers provide users with a neat and tidy cord management solution. All Micro USB Chargers have a channel that allows the cord to be wound around and contained with a small clip while not in use. In addition to keeping things neat, the design helps preserve the life of the charger, by reducing the stress on the charger cord.
T-Mobile is working to standardize Micro USB Chargers across its handset line-up in support of a broader industry initiative lead by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). Moving to universal chargers is just one example of T-Mobile's efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products and services. For more information about T-Mobile's eco-friendly efforts visit: http://www.mobilizewitht-mobile.com/

Key Features and Availability:

Micro USB Chargers are available to purchase online and in select T-Mobile stores, and will be available in retail stores nationwide July 19. More details are available at www.t-mobile.com/