EU Parliament approves single charging standard for smartphones and tablets

EU Parliament approves single charging standard for smartphones and tablets

The European Parliament approved astatutory law that will require all mobile device makers to use asingle, interoperable charger. The new legislation is taking Europe'srequirement that all mobile phones use the same charge port(microUSB) a step further, expanding it to tablets. Member countriesof the European Union will have a two year term to internalize thelegislation, while manufacturers will have an additional year tocomply.



According to an estimate, the new law could helpEuropean consumers save 300 million Euros annually, as well as toreduce electronic and paper waste. Most manufacturers have alreadyestablished microUSB as the standard charging and data port fordevices, while Apple still refuses to do so. To appease EU authorities, it opted to supply anexternal adapter with iPhones instead.


source: ALDEGroup via PhoneScoop

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31 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think they have the power to force them to do anything.

9. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

I think the actually do matey...Why this snotty atitude in the end...i would only benefit the customer.

16. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

They have the power. At least in EU for sure. And Apple must obey or EU must ban their sales in whole EU. Actually, this low is active since beginning of 2013 and i'm wondering why iPhone is not banned for sale....lobby games...

19. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

This is a big deal. They absolutely do, in this case. This means that apple still hasn't been willing to compromise, as noted.

29. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Mxyzptkp, Being hardcore apple fan boy is one thing, but being ignorant is another thing. Yes, US has most money for single country but if EU combine they have more than us. So if apple want to keep make extra cash and market share and I know they do, and yes they will comply.

33. Simona unregistered

u ar wrong !

2. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

yea apple doesnt have sell anything to europe, im sure samsung would love that

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Would harm them more than it would Apple.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And why would it harm Samsung more than Apple? And EU parliament does have that power. Despite that Apple refused, they did come up with a lightning to microsub converter (sold seperately ofcourse ;)http://store.apple.com/nl/product/MD820ZM/A/lightning-naar-micro-usb-adapter )

18. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Why, that's some lack of respect for Apple's customers. But I guess that, since a good portion of them are zealot customers, they actually enjoy it.

32. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i wish i had Negative thumbs for you.....stop trolling

3. Carlitos

Posts: 679; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Lmfaooo those this mean Apple is f***ed? Either they don't sell or will be forced to get rid of their chargers that break every 3-4 months.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I've had my lightning cable for several months. Still holding up.

31. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

What a pointless argument. You are a sample size of one. It's like saying hard disk drives last ten years since mine still works.

6. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Europe is not that important, not like China or India. Europe welcome to eBay and the black market.

10. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

Europe is one of the main global markets, to say Europe is not that important is plaing stupid my friend. While the population of Europe as a whole is smaller that of India and China...average europeans can afford to buy a lot more that the average chinese or indian. China and India might be have a blooming economy (we don't know for how long anymore), but they are still home to some of the poorest people in the world.

22. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Europe is the largest economy market in the world. GDP (bilions dollars in 2012): EU: 16,584 US: 16,244 China: 8,358 Source: Wikipedia Europe may not be as iPhone oriented, as US is, but saying, that Europe is not important is just stupid...

25. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

China has required micro-USB to be the charging standard on phones since 2007. I wonder how Apple complies there...

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The only smartphones and tablets that DON'T use Micro USB right now are Apple products.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually there are a lot of tablets that don't support MicroUSB, from different brands.

20. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Yeah, that's true. A lot of tablet makers still use proprietary connectors instead of Micro USB.

17. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

And some Samsung tablets.

21. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Cowon uses proprietary connectors.

15. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

great! although it would've been better if they worded the law to "require it is an option." manufacturers should be free to have their own specific charger but they just have to provide the option to use other standard chargers (via USB maybe). now, apple, you better shape up!

24. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

Apple. Worlds biggest w@nkers.

26. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I never owned Apple products, but i think the Lightning connector is the best ... I really don't like Micro usb 3.0, come on instead of making the connections smaller and smaller they make it bigger ... And yeah i know it is faster then 2.0 regulair Micro usb but come on, make Apple's Lightning cable the standard or go back to the drawing board, i really hate Micro usb 3.0....

30. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

The world doesn't revolve around you... Fact: Most Android/WP phone manufacturers are already using MicroUSB on their devices. Another fact: There are more phones being produced by these companies combined than Apple. One more: Apple wouldn't share their crap...Even if they did, we'd be paying royalties for every Lightning cable we buy, which sucks since I have no intention of willingly giving Apple money. Last one I swear: Apple crap break easily...I've owned an iPod Nano 6G about as long as I have my S3, in that 2 years, I have bought about 3 OFFICIAL Apple cables for my iPod, while I've been using the same MicroUSB cable that came out of the box from my HTC Wildfire from almost 5 years ago.

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