Uniform charging sockets in mobile phones are getting closer
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BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) – Uniform chargers for mobile phones and other electronic devices in the EU are getting closer. Representatives of the EU countries agreed on this on Wednesday. “The proposal is intended to ensure that when buying a new mobile phone or similar device, it is no longer necessary to buy a new charger every time,” said the Council of the EU states. Thanks to the uniform charging socket, all devices should be able to be charged with the same device.
With their position, the EU states are largely following a move by the EU Commission. In September, it proposed making USB-C the norm for smartphones as well as tablets, headphones, speakers, portable game consoles and cameras. However, before consumers can actually benefit from the standard socket, the EU states and the European Parliament still have to find a common position. Of the several dozen sockets in smartphones and tablet computers, three in particular are currently in use: the now outdated micro-USB, the newer USB-C and the thinner Lightning connectors from Apple (Apple shares)
The EU states also want to expand the EU Commission’s proposal. According to this, a pictogram on the pack should indicate in future whether a charger is included or not./mjm/DP/he
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