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3/28/2014

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Is this the future of wireless charging in Europe?
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tech4people
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Re: EU: moving to backward technology
tech4people   5/31/2014 3:04:36 PM
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Wale,

That is the status-quo currently.

What hm was suggesting in the Post below was an aggressive play on that where the State controls practically every single aspect of the Supply-Chain.

It happens previously under Communism in China,Soviet Union and even today in Cuba.

Not a good situation eitherways(bending too much towards one direction).

 

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Re: EU: moving to backward technology
tech4people   5/31/2014 3:00:38 PM
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hm,

Wow!

You seem to have hit a major nerve here.

Let me please try and explain why I believe the EU went for this rule.

If you will observe when most of us either lose/re-sell or just trash our Smartphones we don't really throw the Chargers away(atleast most of us Don't).

Consequently this leads to a situation where most of us have many-many different-different chargers around.And Consequently,a large number of them(especially during Spring cleaning,etc) landup in the Landfill.

Plus chargers have very little of High-Value Metal(mostly plastic) which tends to get recycled.

Hence it all ends up in the Landfill.This is something which the EU is trying to avoid/Reduce.

Its not a bad idea and really benefits everybody in the Long-run(as long as chargers don't become some sort of competitive plus-point).

 

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Re: EU: moving to backward technology
tech4people   5/31/2014 2:50:42 PM
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Hailey,

That is the smart and prudent way to do things.

Unfortunately in this constant race towards the Religion of Consumerism ;such basic lessons are getting lost rapidly.

The More enlightened and aware consumers like you out there will ensure that the mess in our Landfills empties out rapidly in due course of time.

Good Job!

 

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Re: EU: moving to backward technology
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   4/29/2014 4:51:37 PM
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@eldredge, great! If enough of us start doing it, we may start a movement!

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Re: EU: moving to backward technology
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   4/29/2014 4:50:33 PM
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@nimantha.d, personally, i just keep stuff a long time then i pass it on to my kids if there's still life in it. My car is ten years old, and I have an adapter to plug in my iphone to the aftermarket stereo i installed when the car was ten years old. As an industry, I think its important ot shift the conversation away from the newest thing to look at the life of a product, and ruggedness, etc.

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Re: EU: moving to backward technology
Wale Bakare   4/14/2014 8:24:34 AM
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>>If not, why not standardized mobile phone - all form fit and function compatible<<

How best do you think that would be implemented? Government as a stakeholder can only play its roles on policy and regulation aspects. While others, like technical community defines protocols as its currently being done.

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Eldredge   4/6/2014 9:43:36 PM
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@hm - I support the free market approach & freedom to choose. Just thought it was a neat idea - but we should always encourage competition of products and innovations.

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Re: EU: moving to backward technology
_hm   4/6/2014 9:45:33 AM
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@Eldredge: Leave them (charger) alone. This is free market. Pepople can use what they like.

If not, why not standardized mobile phone - all form fit and function compatible so no upgrade and no waste at all. Albeit, like old communist products.

 

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Eldredge   4/3/2014 9:06:59 PM
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@Hailey - I think I fall closer to your ideal than most. I usually have to replace a cell phone for practical reasons.... I wore it out or dropped it too many times! (Maybe that's the same thing?) I also like to keep at least one older phone around as an emergency replacement if needed (came in handy a time or two).

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Re: EU: moving to backward technology
Eldredge   4/3/2014 9:01:35 PM
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@_hm - I don't know what the options are for wireless charging, particularly in the EU, bu if the efficiency is acceptable, and if the charging system could be commonized across a miriad of devices, that would be a very convenient approach for the consumer. Will be interesting to see what happens.

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