The European Parliament approved legislation that will require all mobile device makers to use a single, interoperable charger that works with both smartphones and tablets. The new legislation builds on top of existing rules that require phone makers to use the same charge port (microUSB); the new thing is that tablets are now part of the equation as well.
Under the deal, EU countries have two years to adopt the legislation internally, and then manufacturers will have another year to comply.
“This legislation will bring benefits to consumers and will reduce waste,” said ALDE Group’s Toine Manders. In fact, the belief is that the legislation will save European consumers 300 million Euros annually, while cutting down the amount of electronic and paper waste along the way.