The EU is looking to make smartphone batteries easier to replace

25 February 2020
Changing batteries might become an easier task for you and the service centers in Europe.

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  • Anonymous

someone, 25 Feb 2020EU is seriously consumer friendly ... 1. Respects privacy and b... moreYes Google and Facebook and others are paying fines every week under EU laws for breaching privacy, while in USA, they don't get in trouble the same way with the Courts.

Morsel, 25 Feb 2020Unlike US, EU at least think about its people's need .The Yellow Vest, agriculture farmers, Anti-Brexit, etc. says - hold my blunt!

  • Carol

Finaly some good news

  • UI Goku

If this passes, I can honestly see Apple leave the EU market. They are already crying after the USB-C standardization.

Berserker, 25 Feb 2020Couple of years back I've purchased a galaxy s7 from the german ... moreThat's the retailer and that's a standard answer. You'd have to log a consumer complaint to get it checked if they're allowed to say that, which sounds doubtful.

good initiative

  • AnonD-914443

Perfect decision !

Duck of death, 25 Feb 2020There is a consumer law protecting you for burn-ins. Unfortunate... moreCouple of years back I've purchased a galaxy s7 from the german media markt with a very small peck of dust underneath the glass, maybe 3 or 4 pixels in size.
After explaining to the employ that i want a replacement she told me that display with less that defective pixels is not covered under warranty because it is not categorised as defect :D
I dont know if it was a samsung policy or by the retailer but it was a very frustrating experience.

Anonymous, 25 Feb 2020This will also cover batteries for tablets. A side-effect of thi... moreThis is incredibly true if batteries would expand overall lifespan

People will really start to experience burn in and other
Quality dips with oled screen quality

F* Yeah!

Duck of death, 25 Feb 2020There is a consumer law protecting you for burn-ins. Unfortunate... moreTrue. You need to do an argument for screen replacement between 6th and 24th month. But it works. At least for Huawei I am sure from my personal experience. No idea for others really probably yes again.

Mailman, 25 Feb 2020As I know in europe (not sure is it in every country) warranty i... moreIt is true. 2 years in Europe. Europe is consumer-centric.

AnonD-908380, 25 Feb 2020I would say about fkn time but they will probably have "robust c... moreUnlike US, EU at least think about its people's need .

  • Anonymous

Next step is for batteries to only come in a few sizes - similar to the current AA, AAA, C, D, etc sizes.

  • Hayate

This sound good on paper but when you realized that this force smartphone to manufacture in a certain way which will hammer down on innovation.

Same with the charging port directive. It do sound good when all smartphone have the same port but it also mean that it will be extremely difficult to introduce new technology. Remember how mUSB 2.0 is so much diffirent compare to current type C one. If the rule pass then future connect need to have backward compatibility which lock the design in a certain way with its limitations.

It will all come down to the final wording but EU should not forcing a certain way to manufacturing unless it endangers the immediate user.

Good news for the consumers

  • someone

EU is seriously consumer friendly ...
1. Respects privacy and brings in new laws
2. Push for uniform phone charging port
3. Push for easier battery replacements
4. Avoid data roaming charges

These guys are legit

As I know in europe (not sure is it in every country) warranty is 2 years. North America gets only 1 year and for additional you need to pay.
Europe is more consumer friendly.

Nick.B, 25 Feb 2020Yes please! also free amoled screen replacement even without war... moreThere is a consumer law protecting you for burn-ins. Unfortunately, that only covers 6 months. :D Beyond that you'd have to try the two year guarantee. A bit more hassle as you'd have to build an argument, but I am pretty sure it would be possible to claim a warranty repair on an OLED with severe burn-in.

  • Anonymous

This will also cover batteries for tablets. A side-effect of this new policy will be the demise of OLED display technology. Due to its very limited life-span, OLED is already a sunset display technology on its way out. Replaceable batteries will speed up this process.