Five US states pass a “right to repair” bill

24 January 2017
The bill aims to remove the "authorized repair" monopoly by manufacturers.

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  • AnonD-632062

Celluloid, 25 Jan 2017Lost? I guess it depends on the phone you choose to buy. My ph... moreWhich phone do you use BTW? I only know of LG's V20 /G5 that has all those features in a 2016 flagship. And by "lost", I meant losing their relevance and not being included in the latest flagships. This year, no flagship is predicted to have removable battery. FM Radio has been removed from Apple, Samsung and HTC flagships. Infrared blasters have been removed from Samsung and HTC too. And don't get me started on the 3.5mm jack.......

  • Celluloid

My concern if this passes (which it won't) is counterfeit parts. I think the idea behind authorized repair centers is the agreement with the manufacturer that the shop will install the real deal, and not some knock-off part. Manufacturer's have an investment in their build-quality reputation and they don't want cheap third-party parts to mess with that.

  • Celluloid

AnonD-632062, 24 Jan 2017This is good news! More place in the world should implement it. ... moreLost? I guess it depends on the phone you choose to buy. My phone has all those things.

  • Celluloid

AnonD-428442, 25 Jan 2017"The bill says that you can go to third parties for your electro... moreI think you missed the part that "This means manufacturers will have to sell replacement parts to independent repair shops."

Apple will not like this, they want the customers to be helpless and leave them no choice

  • Anonymous

they will just supply parts at a huge increase in price making it cheaper to go to the manufacturer for repair.
So they will still make the money whichever way you choose to repair your device, and make it near impossible for any 3rd party to turn profit.

not gonna change anything.

  • lashton

Good idea, no Great idea, finally

  • AnonD-428442

AnonD-632062, 24 Jan 2017This is good news! More place in the world should implement it. ... moreFM radio? why not AM? Why not force phones to retain analog radios instead of using the stupid digital radio? Heck, let's force companies to use NimH batteries instead of LiIon, the previous is cheaper you know.

  • AnonD-428442

Xavi3r, 24 Jan 2017Thats a really good thing. Now they should pass another bill in ... moreBackward mindset that prevents technology to advance, sure. Why don't put a law to have serial ports on computers while you're at it.

  • AnonD-428442

"The bill says that you can go to third parties for your electronics such as TVs, smartphones and even washing machines and refrigerators."

Since when you cannot of to third parties for repairs? It's your choice, and if you go to a random dude fixing your things, nobody is stopping you. But don't come back whining when the repair went bust. Your decision, you take the risk. Simple as that. I don't see why this needs to be put into a freakin law, unless the lawmakers have nothing better to do than to waste taxpayer money for their "meetings."

Yeah, but those big fat companies will set an army of lobbyists to prevent that bill to pass. Because if it happen, other countries will do that too, and bye bye repair money!

  • Anonymous

Great news, LG has a good score repairability, while macbook has a bad score

  • AnonD-24741

AnonD-152638, 24 Jan 2017I'm not sure that this will impact prices that much. Modern ele... moreThere are still plenty of components you'd like to be able to replace individually. I have a Surface 3 tablet and that's basically the worst of the worst in repair-ability made by any manufacturer. Everything is glued together so tightly that you're almost guaranteed to crack the display if you'd try to take it apart for a battery replacement.

  • AnonD-221755

Don't think it will pass. People don't have any power compared to large corporations. Especially corporations like Microsoft, Google, Apple...etc etc. I would be positively surprised if it would pass.

  • Xavi3r

Thats a really good thing. Now they should pass another bill in which all smartphones should have removable batteries and headphone jack, and then the rest of the world should follow too in order to slow down the planned obsolessence and reduce e waste. That would make me happy :)

Only five? We need to make that number rise tenfold! Though, I am a resident of New York, so I cannot complain

  • Simon

They will just make phones even more disposable so nobody tries to repair.. But yes, that SHOULD be a huge goal, along with being able to easily open your device.

  • AnonD-632062

This is good news! More place in the world should implement it. But Alas, as the articles points out, such moves will always be opposed by Apple & co., who are always intent on making everything proprietary and closed-source. Just take a look at how many things we have lost in the past decade: Removable battery, MicroSD slot, FM Radio, 3.5mm jack......

  • AnonD-152638

I'm not sure that this will impact prices that much.
Modern electronics are simply not built to be repaired, and it takes some effort to do it anyway, that is what drives costs up most.

  • Anonymous

This is a good thing.