The commission aims to make USB-C the sole type of connection used for the charging cables found with smartphones, video game consoles, etc. The explanation is that it will be more convenient for consumers and reduce the amount of e-waste created by redundant accessories. The move also aims to stop the practice of chargers being bundled with new devices, as this often results in drawers full of useless cables.
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“With our proposal, European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics—an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste,” said Thierry Breton, the EC's internal market commissioner, in the announcement. The proposition would make USB-C the only charging port used for electronic devices moving forward, no matter the brand.