India Joins EU in Mandating USB-C Charging Port on Smartphones

  • India will require mobile devices sold in the country to have a USB-C charging port by March 2025.
  • The government will find two types of charging ports for mobile devices and wearable electronics.
  • It follows the European Union, which will require USB-C charging ports by December 28, 2024.

India will require mobile devices in the country to have a USB Type-C standard charging port by March 2025, Business Standard reported.

Bureau of Indian Standards sets standards for two common types of chargers — Rohit Kumar Singh, secretary of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, said that one is for mobile devices and possibly for wearable electronics such as smartwatches.

The Department of the Environment could look at the impact of having a common charger for electronic devices on e-waste, Business Standard reports.

The requirement complies with the European Union setting a date of 28 December 2024 for all smartphones sold in member countries to have a USB-C charging port.

“Six months after the European Union rolled out USB charging ports standards in 2024, there is broad consensus between industry and government that the use of USB type C charging ports may be mandated, as electronics manufacturers have a global integrated supply chain. ,” Singh told Business Standard.

In 2019, India pushed the US out of the second place for the largest smartphone market due to the expansion of Chinese smartphone brands. Androids have a share of approximately 96% in the mobile device market in India, while Apple ranks second with a market share of 3.1%.

Apple is reluctant to abandon the proprietary Lightning charging port found on all of its iPhones and some iPads. However, the company has confirmed that it will make iPhones with USB-C ports to comply with EU laws.

The company doesn’t seem too excited about it. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said Apple would be “obviously” compelled to comply with the new law. The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference. He added that Apple “doesn’t mind when governments tell us what they want to achieve”, but that Apple engineers are “pretty smart” and have come up with better ways to get things done before.

For example, Joswiak said that Apple created the industry standard for hearing aids made for the iPhone after the US government regulation on hearing aid compatibility with mobile phones didn’t work.

The European Parliament said in June that standard charging port legislation is “part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, reduce electronic waste and make consumers’ lives easier”.

According to the European Parliament, discarded chargers create 11,000 tonnes of e-waste every year and believe having a standard charger will help EU consumers save up to 250m euros a year without having to buy more chargers.

Apple has the largest share of the US smartphone market, taking 48% of the market share in the second quarter of 2022. market share. Samsung and Lenovo smartphones mostly use USB-C or MicroUSB chargers.

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