Catherine Bearder MEP: Universal phone charger on the way

Catherine Bearder MEP - South East EnglandLiberal Democrat MEP for South East Catherine Bearder has welcomed news that universal mobile phone chargers across Europe will finally become a reality after years of campaigning, following a final vote today in the European Parliament on new rules for electronic devices.

The new rules will mean all manufacturers placing new electronic devices on the EU market will be required to make them compatible with a universal charger.

Currently most phones use the same MicroUSB charger, following a voluntary agreement between the EU and 14 mobile phone manufacturers in 2011 which put pressure on them to introduce a common charger.

However, several manufacturers including Apple have kept unique charging ports for their devices. The new legislation will place a legal requirement on manufacturers to make their devices compatible with a universal charger.

Ms Bearder said:

“This is a great victory for common sense.”

“Being part of Europe, the world’s biggest market for mobile phones, means we can put pressure on manufacturers to put an end to cable chaos.”

“We’ve made a lot of progress towards a universal charger in recent years but this will mean that finally every electronic device will have to be compatible.”

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