Opinion – Maria Inês Dolci: Anatel has to demand standardization of cell phone chargers


In 2015, I defended, in an article in this Sheet, the standardization of cell phone chargers. I insisted on the topic a year or so ago. As the European Union has just passed a law that requires a single charger for cell phones, tablets, notebooks, headphones and other portable devices, I hope that Anatel (National Telecommunications Agency) accelerates the standardization here.

Let’s imitate the good example of the Europeans. Even because, let’s face it, it is absurd that this standardization is not required throughout the world. The hope for measures in this direction increases because Anatel recently made a public consultation on the subject.

Every time we buy a new smartphone, we run the risk of having to retire a charger, with the need to find a special place for disposal, as electronic waste is a serious environmental problem. In addition to avoiding this pollution, there will be savings with standardization, which must be passed on to the consumer.

What commercially differentiates one device from another is not the charger, but other technological advances such as memory, video display quality and battery life.

There’s no point in complicating the consumer’s life with new chargers, batteries, headphones and other components every time you change your device. The extra cost that will be incurred by those whose smartphone is not compatible with 5G technology is enough.

In a pioneering and welcome initiative of the European authorities, the universal charger will have USB-C input from the end of 2024.

According to this Sheet, the change is expected to represent savings of € 250 million (about R$ 1.2 billion) per year, with a significant reduction in electronic waste. European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their electronic devices!

PS – We complain about what was not done, so it is worth praising Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) for the entry into force of the new labeling requirement for food products manufactured from October 9th onwards.

As the products with the new labels reach supermarkets and other establishments, we will be able to choose, knowingly, the healthier ones.

Clearly and prominently reporting high levels of sodium, sugar and saturated fats is in line with the right to information, established by the CDC (Consumer Defense Code).

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