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Members of European Parliament pass legislation calling for universal phone charger

0. phoneArena 17 Mar 2014, 03:18 posted on

Europe could be close to passing legislation that would force phone manufacturers to use a universal recharger for their phones in the continent. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to pass the law, although Europe's council of ministers still has to vote on the legislation. As written, all phone manufacturers would have to offer the same recharging system for their devices by 2017...

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posted on 17 Mar 2014, 03:26 9

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 6003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


About time!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:34 5

26. AiAiRon (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Or how about the government stays out of everyone's business and lets them deal with having the correct charger for their own phone. I'm not saying it's bad to have a universal charging port. I love that pretty much all phones besides the iPhone use the micro usb, but I do believe that Apple has the right to use whatever charging port they chose as long as its safe with the country's electrical standards.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:21 2

30. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Exactly. Why can the government tell us how to run OUR businesses? Its wrong. Whatever happened to capitalism and the benefits of a free market economy?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:53 2

33. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They have always set guidelines for businesses. They create the taxes and disposal regulations. If they feel the need to create this new regulation, they should.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:50 3

32. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It's about electronic waste and if it is truly going to pose a disposal problem like they fear it might, then yes it is their business.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 18:35 2

42. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


How is it a disposal waste? Because you throw away the adapters you don't need? What about creating a law that says you can't put the phone in a box, wrap it in plastic. Based on your arguement the government should be able to regulate everything in our lives even more than they already do.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 10:00

46. McLTE (Posts: 874; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Why? Because unfortunately we have companies like Apple, Sony, etc that refuse to work with others to create widely adopted standards.

Personally, I think the Lightning connector should be THE standard. I'm not an Apple guy at all, but that connector is AWESOME.

If these tech titans would work TOGETHER to adopt standards that better everyone, instead of just themselves, then perhaps this wouldn't be necessary.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 10:51

49. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


No way! Apple killed an otherwise nice connector, the FireWire port, because it charged $1 per port in license fee! That fee applied to the chip, to the computer and to the cable. Shove the Lightning up, Apple!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:42 3

38. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


I am a liberal and I think this is big govt gone crazy. But it's Europe so what do you expect?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 03:29 10

2. night_elf (Posts: 45; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


I dont think apple will get away this time with an adapter!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 03:29 10

3. wando77 (Posts: 965; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Apple are missing the point. The main advantage of all chargers being the same is when you are out and about you will always be able to find somebody/somewhere with a charger for you phone. Be it at Starbucks or a friends house. Apple are forcing you to carry round an adaptor to make that possible

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 03:33 3

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 6003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Its more to reduce the carbon and the stress of ridding electronic junk.

Power adapter should be universal.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 03:53 2

9. Sauce (unregistered)


Lol...never do I everrrr see someone carrying a microusb charger. Everywhere I go, I see iPhone chargers, ESPECIALLY at Starbucks and friends houses lol.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:25 2

13. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


well....... i carry one EVERYWHERE in go.......have multiple in fact, even have multiple 1 amp AC wall chargers around too. u need to run into ppl like me lol. but again , i do carry 1 30 pin plug, IN CASE A CHICK NEEDS IT :D which reminds me, i REALLY need to get a lightning plug.........

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:29 3

15. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


go to Asia and you won't see iPhone chargers

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:33 3

17. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


My android phone can use charger from Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, and many more. iPhone charger is very expensive, while Micro USB cable is just $2 and you can connect it everywhere (PC, laptop, powerbank, lighter).
In the end of story, android vs iOS is like Windows OS vs Mac. Too bad I can't play Crysis 3 on Mac :(

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 11:07

35. Sauce (unregistered)


You can connect an iPhone to anything that has a USB port...lmfao.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 07:58 2

23. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


Guess that Blackberry dude was correct - Apple wall hugers.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:22 2

25. steelew (Posts: 205; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


I see the exact opposite. (not starting a flame war but thats what I see) It seems the iphone guys always have a harder time finding a spare charger when they forget theirs because almost everyone I work with has a galaxy s4.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:45

27. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I use one that plugs into my car cigarette lighter when I'm traveling around. But yes, you won't see that one either.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:03 1

37. willard12 (Posts: 1721; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Remember, you are a member of tne "Iphone community", as you call it. So that probably has something to do with what you see. Also, this article refers to Europe, Apple doesn't have 32% market share there like they have in the US.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 06:08

20. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It would only be acceptable if the adapter docked in the phone.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:49

39. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


That reason has never been listed by the EU for the reason behind the ruliing. Where did you get that from?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 03:40 12

5. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


As much as I wish Apple would ditch their proprietary plugs and go with micro USB (LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE HAS), I have to admit that their Lightning plug is a great idea, since there's no "upside-down".

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 03:43 8

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Nokia's old charger, 360 degrees bitch!

But seriously, this charger should be the norm

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:26

14. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


sad......... but true

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 01:31

45. Krjal (Posts: 236; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


I know it doesn't help us now but the next USB standard will be reversable as well. Something to look forward to :)

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 10:02

47. McLTE (Posts: 874; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The whole problem would be solved if Apple would work with other companies, and if the other companies would acknowledge that Apple has the BEST charger port by far.

I hate Apple with a passion, but I can give them credit on the lightning connector!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 03:41 5

6. nestea (unregistered)


Lightning connector better because it works no matter how you plug it in while with micro-usb not. But like always, Apple haters doesnt need more practical stuff because oh now it is made by Apple.... ^^

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 06:13 4

21. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I'd use the lighting plug on my Android phone.

The only problem is Apple would not allow it, guaranteed.

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