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Sunday 20 April 2014

Firms to sell universal chargers for mobiles

Do we really need all these chargers?

THE frustration of a mobile charger that doesn't fit your phone could soon be a thing of the past.

Manufacturers will be forced to provide universal battery chargers in order to cut cost and waste.

The move is part of a provisional deal on radio equipment rules struck by MEPs and the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers.

At the moment, chargers manufactured by brands like Apple, Samsung and Sony are not interchangeable.

But the introduction of the new regulations will ensure a standard device can be used to power all mobile phones.

The deal still has to get the green light from the full European Parliament and member states next year.

However, the law is expected to be signed off on in March, with a standard battery charger due to be available in 2017.

"This will benefit the consumers," German MEP Barbara Weiler said.

Member states will have two years to transpose the rules into their national law and manufacturers will have an additional year to comply.

Irish Independent

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