EU Parliament approves single charging standard for smartphones and tablets

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EU Parliament approves single charging standard for smartphones and tablets

The European Parliament approved a statutory law that will require all mobile device makers to use a single, interoperable charger. The new legislation is taking Europe's requirement that all mobile phones use the same charge port (microUSB) a step further, expanding it to tablets. Member countries of the European Union will have a two year term to internalize the legislation, while manufacturers will have an additional year to comply.


According to an estimate, the new law could help European consumers save 300 million Euros annually, as well as to reduce electronic and paper waste. Most manufacturers have already established microUSB as the standard charging and data port for devices, while Apple still refuses to do so. To appease EU authorities, it opted to supply an external adapter with iPhones instead.


source: ALDE Group via PhoneScoop

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