Members of European Parliament pass legislation calling for universal phone charger

Members of European Parliament pass legislation calling for universal phone charger
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. The idea is to reduce the number of different plugs and cables that Europeans need to carry around with them.

The odds favor that the microUSB charger would get the nod throughout Europe, and that could be troublesome for Apple. The Cupertino based firm has its proprietary Lightning charging system that replaced the old 30-pin charger with the launch of the Apple iPhone 5.

Apple has said in the past that instead of replacing the Lightning port with a microUSB port, if the legislation becomes law, it will offer buyers of its devices in Europe an adapter that would allow the product to meet the legal requirements in the continent.

source: TechRadar

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51 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

About time!

26. AiAiRon

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 12, 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.

30. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 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?

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

32. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

42. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

46. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

49. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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!

38. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

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

2. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

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

3. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 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

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its more to reduce the carbon and the stress of ridding electronic junk. Power adapter should be universal.

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.

13. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.........

15. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

go to Asia and you won't see iPhone chargers

17. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 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 :(

35. Sauce unregistered

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

23. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Guess that Blackberry dude was correct - Apple wall hugers.

25. steelew

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

27. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

37. willard12 unregistered

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.

20. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

39. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

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

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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".

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Nokia's old charger, 360 degrees bitch! But seriously, this charger should be the norm

14. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

45. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

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

47. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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!

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.... ^^

21. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 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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