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Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger

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Posted in Hardware on 15th Mar, 2014 01:47 AM by AlexMuller

The maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end. European politicians have backed a regulation that will force smartphone makers to use just one type of charger. On Thursday MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the regulation with hopes to see a common charger  by 2017. 

 

The regulation was drawn up to help consumers and to cut down on the amount of electronic waste.

 
"This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment," said MEP Barbara Weiler in a statement. "It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually."
 
The regulation is still only a draft law and must be approved by Europe's council of ministers. However, that body has already given its informal backing to the law, suggesting it will win final approval.
 
European member states will have until 2016 to translate the regulation into national laws and manufacturers will then have 12 months to switch to the new design. The process of getting manufacturers to agree on a common design began in 2009.
 
The design of charger being favoured uses a Micro USB connector - a format used on many handsets and other devices already.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-15
+2
Having just one type for charger would be quite helpful and should be the case not just in Europe but all around the world - however making the phones that are charged less frequently or powered in some other way would be the ultimate wish of most users Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-15
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The smartphones are becoming very significant in our lives and politics follows. It was revealed recently that there is "1 smartphone for every 7 humans" with "Smartphone shipments top a billion in 2013". These devices so popular....
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-15
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I believe that it is lower cost of smartphones that caused this explosion in sales in 2013. And the trend is bound to continue with all smart apps becoming more accessible and popular Reply
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This webitse makes things hella easy. Reply


 

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