European Union makes USB-C mandatory for phones

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All smartphones and tablets would have to use a common charger under a provisional European Union agreement clinched on 7th June 2022.

The plan would force all companies - most notably Apple - to make phones, tablets, e-readers, and digital cameras use USB-C, negotiators announced. 

Around 15 product types are included in the scope, including headsets, video-game consoles and headphones.

The plan, unveiled last year will save consumers an estimated $267 million each year according to the European Commission. 

The European Parliament and 27 EU countries need to sign off on the agreement. Phones and tablet makers will have to comply by the fall of 2024. 

Laptops will have more time to make the switch, with negotiators giving laptop producers 40 months after the new rules go into effect. 

"A common charger is common sense for the many electronic devices on our daily lives, 'Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said. 

“European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics - an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste.”

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