The EU might require OEMs to provide 7 years of updates and spare parts for its phones

07 September 2021
The bill is proposed as a way to reduce e-waste.

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  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 07 Sep 2021People are not interested in using phones beyond 2-3 years.... moreNo. Even in current situation people are using phones for 2-3 years. So think how it works be when the hardware and software support is extended.
Battery life is exactly why we need spare parts availability. Swap in a fresh battery and it should give you 2 more years of service.
Camera is not improving as it used to be and we are at computational photography where software updates are the ones improving camera performance.
General design is also stagnant. If you have a phone that is edge to edge screen, there is no more improvement on that. If you have a flagship now, you won't gain much by buying another flagship in 2 years, and it will take 4-5 years for the midrange to catchup to the flagship specs.
Additionally phones are removing features. Headphones jack, SD card, FM radio, IR blaster, removable battery, glass back cover etc.
Personally for me, I can't use the large phones currently in the market and I can't afford the compact flagship every 2 years. So I would like to keep the current phone for 5 years. And the only thing degraded is my battery life.

  • Anonymous

Essen, 07 Sep 2021This my personal opinion. But I think it's a good move... moreAgree , you can buy expensive phone like mi 11 ultra yet after 1 year you have no sparepart and the only route is to upgrade very funny

  • Anonymous

Most phone company nowadays dont stock up spare parts mostly china company like bbk , xiaomi etc . While the only china company do well with this is huawei it still serve sparepart for old mobile phone, the reason for this is they upgrading new model for every 6 months so after 1 year is hard to find spare part

  • kek

Anonymous, 07 Sep 2021People are not interested in using phones beyond 2-3 years.... moreFive year old phones are like that if you buy cheap trash like Xiaomi/Huawei liked to push.

Go pick up any Lumia device from 2013-2014, any iPhone from that time and see if they are that bad like you say.

Also, batteries shouldnbe changed after 3 years. Thats why the spare parts thing is part of this proposal

  • kek

7 years sounds honestly.like the sweet point.
7 year old phones include the Galaxy S5, LG G5, which are still solid devices for normal stuff

  • Anonymous

Why are they capping it to only 7 years? They just have to make sure that the OEMS don't make the distributes only sell to them and not the repair shops or the retail shops, regarding the updates, the most important ones are the security updates, maybe 4 years of os updates, there are custom roms for that, and 5 or maybe 10 for security updates

  • Roxy K22

That's great news because smartphone are one of the costliest items we purchase very often and loses it's value very fast. Secondly it sold in large quantities so smartphones are very easy to support with spare parts and software upgrades for long times. But companies are doing opposite of that and stops supporting them in very short time. They send firmware updates for few years but it is very difficult to repair them after a year or so. I have pills of smartphones that couldn't be repaired. If companies use same sort of parts, like same dimension of batteries for 7 or more years in most of their smartphones than it will be great and same for other parts. I think now is the time to produce smartphones with upgradable cpus and RAMs.
I don't think there will ever be any other mass consumed commodity item in human lifetime as Smartphones are.
Now is the time for companies to understand the value of our hard earned money.

AlexP, 07 Sep 2021I like this idea. Phones will be cheaperWhere will they be cheaper?

  • Essen

This my personal opinion. But I think it's a good move. There are some arguments against higher costs and stiffling of innovation. Honestly, it's not as if phones are cheap. And while I have no qualms buying a $1200 laptop, I wouldn't spend more than $120 on a phone because hardware and software wise, it's simply not worth it. Perhaps, they could set a $/€ 200 300 limit. Phones under this price shouldn't have to meet this. And anything above this should comply with at least 5 years of software and spares support.

As for so called innovations in smartphones, I am tired of them. Sealed batteries, no storage expansion, notches, punch holes, gigantic screens, 2 mp quad cams. So if the 'innovations' dry up because of this clause, it may actually be a good thing.

What phones need are better batteries. Apart from that, every innovation has been more of a nuisance.

  • Anonymous

Long term software updates are fine as long as it does not slow down the older products.

  • Anonymous

Good and great idea. Must apply as early as possible.
Thanks.

  • Anonymous

Currently companies decrease performance after 2-3 years, let alone 7 years

  • Anonymous

This looks good for the consumer but in reality it'll push phone prices upwards needlessly because hardly anyone keeps their phone for 7 years with most upgrading to a new phone after 2 years. So I'm not sure what the point of the 7 years of updates and spare parts is.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 07 Sep 2021People are not interested in using phones beyond 2-3 years.... moreCameras are improving very very slow. And battery just needs replacement every 3 years and phone is like new.

7 years are too long. 5 years should be suitable, with 3 years of OS updates plus 2 more years of security ones

  • Anonymous

Fulljack, 07 Sep 2021cost/time used. 1500$ phone used for 5 years are cheaper... morePeople are not interested in using phones beyond 2-3 years.
5 year old phone screams poor battery life, outdated camera hardware, general design, etc

Anonymous, 07 Sep 2021How would phone be cheaper? I'm thinking if anything, ... morecost/time used.

1500$ phone used for 5 years are cheaper than 1000$ phone used for 3 years.

Asphalt-nation, 07 Sep 2021That's sweet of them but no one wants to keep a phone ... moreyou're thinking phones with hard, low user-repairable parts. this law should force OEMs and ODMs to redesign their phone, to how easily support phones over 7 years.

  • Anonymous

Technology is growing at faster rate. 7 Years later the device itself will be super outdated.
This isn't like owning other electronic device

Considering the corruption in the EU, a little.bit of palm greasing, and this proposal will disappear into thin air, like it didn't even exist.