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Type-C Charging Port to Become Mandatory for Smartphones: Here’s What You Need to Know

The IT Ministry will soon order the mandatory provision of USB Type-C ports for smartphones, tablets, and laptops, standardizing chargers for these devices.

Government to Enforce Type-C Chargers

Up until now, smartphone companies have had the liberty to choose their chargers and charging ports. However, this will soon change. The government is taking strict action to mandate USB Type-C chargers for smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Reasons Behind the Move

The government’s decision aims to reduce user expenses by creating a universal charger for all electronic devices. Additionally, this move is expected to minimize electronic waste caused by different types of chargers.

Implementation Timeline

The IT Ministry will soon issue an order requiring USB Type-C ports for smartphones, tablets, and laptops, and the rule will take effect in June next year.

Gradual Implementation for Laptops

Unlike smartphones and tablets, the USB Type-C port rule for laptops will be implemented gradually. The regulation for laptops will be enforced by the end of next year.

Following the EU’s Lead

The Indian government is adopting the European Union’s strategy to reduce electronic waste. The EU implemented the USB Type-C port rule for charging electronic gadgets in 2022.

Legal Implications

With the mandatory use of Type-C ports in India, all phone manufacturers will be legally bound to comply with the new norms. Violations will result in penalties under the Consumer Protection Act. Phone manufacturers like Xiaomi and OPPO have expressed support for this development.

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