We’re getting closer to seeing a ‘universal’ mobile phone charger that’ll work on all devices. Last week MEPs and the EU’s Council of Ministers agreed a draft directive that would compel manufacturers to produce handsets that were compatible with a common battery charging plug and socket.
A final European Parliament vote could take place in March next year, which would then give Member States two years to introduce the rules - plus a further year for manufacturers to comply.
Universal chargers for smartphones had previously been expected in 2011, two years after discussions within the EC began.
Barbara Weiler, who spoke on behalf of the EU after the Council negotiations had finished, said “With this agreement we will find more safety under the Christmas tree. I am especially pleased that we agreed on the introduction of a common charger - although the Council and the Commission were hesitant at first. This will benefit the consumers.”
Other proposed rules in the draft directive were involved with the selling, safety and interoperability of car door openers and modems. In addition, there are plans to replace some of the legally-required in-box paperwork with links to online versions.