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EU Parliament Votes In Favor Of Universal Mobile Charger

Are you tired of having to use different charger for your different mobile devices? This might not be the case as early as 2017 in the European Union as the European Parliament has voted on a law to let mobile phone manufacturers to use a universal charger on their devices. The draft law was approved by a landslide 550 votes to 12, with 8 abstentions.

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This move was pushed by the German members of the European Parliament as well as by socialist Barbara Weiler. Once implemented it is expected to reduce 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste. It also allows consumers to use a single charger to charge their iPhone, Nokia, BlackBerry, or Samsung device.

Barbara Weiler said that “The modernised Radio Equipment Directive is an efficient tool to prevent interference between different radio equipment devices. I am especially pleased that we agreed on the introduction of a common charger. This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment. It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually.”

Critics however say that this move could pose a problem since it could trigger red tape and poses higher charges to consumers. Paul Nuttall, Ukip’s deputy leader, said that “This is a backwards step because imposing a single charger stifles innovation, curbs research, and may impose extra costs on the consumer. The alternative and better action is to encourage diversity, competition and greater development.”

“The EU is hamstrung by the ideology of one-size-fits-all, be it economic policy, currency, fisheries policy and now even phone chargers.”

“The UKIP alternative is to allow diversity to flourish and let the consumer, not the legislator or regulator decide.”

The draft law will still have to be approved by the Council of Europe which is composed of the ministers from the EU member countries. If it does get approved then the member states of the EU will have up to two years to incorporate this into their national laws. Once it has been made into a national law manufacturers will have up to one year to comply with it.

Estimates place that there are at least 500 million mobile phones in the EU and most of them use different chargers even if they are of the same brand. There are 30 different chargers in the market today.

via europa

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  1. There is a famous meme making the rounds on the internet about that. Its pretty funny. Google it.

  2. Well I hope now Apple falls in line with this ruling and makes phone compatible with universal charger.

  3. Its Apple, always finding its own way, and making people follow it blindly. I don’t understand them.

  4. It’s just a matter of time. How great would it be to have one charger for all phones, maybe a universal for laptops too?

  5. I can’t agree more. There should only be one charger that fits all phones. I don’t see any point for all these chargers.

    EU has a better understanding in terms of practicality than US lawmakers.

  6. It is time Apple falls in line. Their obstinate persistence with their proprietary charger pin is absurd.

  7. I hope this idea gets adapted worldwide. I don’t think it’s really that hard for smartphone makers to have a universal charger for all phones.
    this is convenient and would definitely save resources for everyone.
    Let’s go for this one.

  8. All Android phones use the same charger. So does Nokia. It is only Apple that uses it’s own different charger slot.

  9. Good move because everyone is okay with using Universal charger. Even Nokia uses micro USB. Only Apple has it’s proprietary charging pin slot. I find that absurd.

  10. Good move you mean? But yeah, we need this. A few tablets I have seen use mini USB, not micro USB. Micro USB should become the standard for all devices, not sjust smartphones.

  11. I don’t see what the problem is. All Android devices have already adopted the mini USB for charging. It is only the iPhones which wants to be different. Universal Charger makes sense to me. Good movie EU.

  12. I absolutely love the idea of a universal charger. Heck, I would be happy if I could just get it down to one for my Apple stuff and one for everything else!

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