Federal Environment Agency of Germany calls for sealed battery ban
0. phoneArena posted on 20 Nov 2012, 18:52
The President of Germany’s Federal Environment Agency is quoted as backing a ban on devices with built-in batteries...
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1. cncrim posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:04 17 0
wow, Iphone need to be redesign if this law apply.... Samsung is laughing and support this 150%. lol.
7. blackspot posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:24 2 0
Apple would be plenty hot! Just about all of their portable devices have built-in batteries.
24. stealthd posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:45 4 0
Samsungs tablets wouldn't be safe. Apple isn't the only one with sealed batteries, Motorola, LG, HTC (every other major Android device manufacturer) do as well.
30. TheOldOne posted on 21 Nov 2012, 04:00 0 0
The battery for all devices currently on sale (except maybe the iPod mini) is changeable - you can get your iPhone batter replaced if you feel the need, even for the first generation ones.
The change cannot be easy done, meaning is not "user-changeable", which is the spotry here; why would someone have to pay an "authorized service" for doing something that can be easily fixed by a proper device design, beats me.
3. lyndon420 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:15 8 0
I'm all for it. Unless the OEM wants to give me a brand new phone for the cost of a battery when the old battery poops out.
4. blackspot posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:17 4 0
Just imagine what would happen if this ban was adopted by the biggest smartphone markets worldwide...
8. jian9007 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:28 5 0
I think it's a great idea. People have a hard time recycling their tech as it is. Removable battery just makes more sense to me, as it gives consumers the ability to add capacity easily, as well as making is easy to recycle the old battery.
9. blackspot posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:34 11 0
Apple: This is MADNESS!!!!
The FEA: THIS. IS. GERMANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10. vvelez5 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:39 1 22
Stupid. Germany really has nothing better to do.
13. vvelez5 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:04 0 4
7 people love government intervention on everything.
16. Mr_Hyde posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:48 5 1
2 people love to be wasteful & freely pollute the earth.
18. vvelez5 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:01 0 0
Explain how thinking that a ban on handsets without removable batteries is wasteful?
20. vvelez5 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:06 0 1
Edit: Explain how thinking that a ban on handsets without removable batteries is unnecessary wasteful?
22. Mr_Hyde posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:18 1 0
Explanation #1 - "...the costs to replace the batteries are often the same or more than what the device is worth, or what it would cost to upgrade equipment on a new service contract."
Explanation #2 - "When batteries are near the end of their life, there are all sorts of good materials inside which can be recycled for making new batteries."
Now, explain how 10 people love government intervention on everything.
23. vvelez5 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:43 0 4
A new iphone 4 battery on eBay cost 10 dollars.
Who says you still can't recycle the batteries?
People believe that just because they dislike something that there should be a law against it. Asking for this type of government intervention allows for government to intervene on every aspect of our lives. Since something as so trivial as a removable battery can be discussed by government anything in your everyday lives can be discussed and allow for the government to intervene.
17. PapaSmurf posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:50 1 0
"Germany has nothing better to do."
Lol because a country isn't doing much that occupies their time. Your sense of logic puzzles me.
19. vvelez5 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:04 0 4
It's sarcasm, of course they have better things to do instead of deciding if a company should allow the removal of their batteries or not. If people hated removable batteries so much then it would be a deal breaker for them not to purchase those phones. Since people do buy those phones then it isn't a big deal.
29. kamen posted on 21 Nov 2012, 03:15 0 0
Actually, Germany does crazy lot for enough people... and countries.
11. GoBears posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:39 9 0
Absolutely no reason to seal in the battery. I'd love to see this ban worldwide.
21. Mr_Hyde posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:10 1 0
Tell that to the design teams at Apple, Nokia, Motorola, & HTC and see if they agree.
14. jibraihimi posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:19 0 0
Good decision......... I think they should also make it compulsory for all the OEM's to include microsd slots in the smartphones with 8/16 GB internal memory...........
15. ibap posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:48 1 0
This is a great idea, both from an environmental standpoint and from a consumer standpoint. Why should you have to essentially buy a new device in order to replace a failing battery? And since you'll have to make a case that you can open and then close up again, how about removable SIM cards as well? (This last aimed at some of the new phones that have them embedded, which also goes against the European GSM systems.) And put a micro SD in there as well.
25. jsdechavez posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:48 0 0
A sealed design has advantages such as improved durability and the ability put in more parts. But yes, I don't pretty much life the fact that replacement options are nil when the warranty is over for these especially the cost, outrageous!
26. tmcr7 posted on 20 Nov 2012, 22:52 0 0
I fully support removable batteries, but I believe that the consumers should be the one to decide if they want to buy a sealed device. Besides, if you need to replace the battery, you can always go to a repair center to have it opened without buying a new phone.
28. groupsacc posted on 21 Nov 2012, 01:13 1 0
Sealed battery = reduced product life = more sales.