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A common charger for all phones? The European Union is on the case

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| Desk Editor

This is not the first time the EU has tackled this topic. This week’s effort was the third attempt to untangle charging devices in more than a decade.

In 2009, when there were more than 30 different chargers on the market, the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, reached a voluntary agreement with industry giants like Apple, Samsung and Nokia, among others, to introduce a smartphone charger that fit all models.

But the agreement expired in 2014, and the device-makers went their separate ways.

Lawmakers then introduced a similar effort to reestablish a voluntary standard for a single charging port for all smartphones. But that initiative was never adopted, in part because it failed to guarantee interoperability between devices such as speakers and keyboards with smartphones.

There are now three major types of charging plugs, according to the European Consumer Organization, which backs the effort to standardise chargers: USB 2.0 Micro B, USB-C and Apple’s Lightning.

Apple previously objected to the EU’s proposal. A year ago, the company argued that a single standard would “freeze innovation rather than encourage it.” A new charger standard would make current chargers obsolete, it added, which is “bad for the environment and unnecessarily disruptive for customers.”

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