Iphone Screen Repair: Our right to repair.

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The European community voted in favor of the “right to repair” to avoid the tremendous accumulation of electronic waste, this is not only completely unnecessary but it is also creating a big problem for the ecosystem.

The primary goal of this resolution is to reinforce the sustainability of various products, such as chargers that are not standardised and devices that are currently blocked, the objective is that they can be repaired by users or by any repair shop that the users choose.

The Internal Market Committee advised measures to increase consumer protection, improving the safety and sustainability of products. The goal is to ensure that consumer satisfaction is truly respected, to establish that the consumer is truly relevant, and not that the consumer is just another number in the statistics of large companies.

Electronics Sustainable Market, protecting the environment


A resolution on a Sustainable Single Market has already been passed, MEPs are calling on the High Commission to give consumers the “right to repair” by making repairs more feasible, economical and accessible to the general public. True freedom of choice when deciding who and how much money we pay to repair our products.

Another idea was to propose to the High Commission that the labeling of products and services must be established according to their durability. It requires a metric on the use and very detailed information in relation to the durability of the product.

This would be a great help in second hand markets, people would feel more confident buying used products being able to check the true situation of the product and it would definitely also promote more sustainable production practices. Even the idea of ​​a common charging system for all products came up, this would also reduce e-waste.

Controlled Obsolescence 

Pre-planned obsolescence is the determination or scheduling of the end of the useful life of a product or its components. So, after a period of time (previously calculated and in a very strategic way by the manufacturer or by the company, during the design), becomes obsolete. It does not work anymore, is useless or unusable due to various procedures related to upgrades, cleverly stipulated for the impossibility of perfect functionality.

For example, the lack of spare parts is another strategy, which leads us to the need to buy a new product to replace it or to supplant parts of the product that only the manufacturer of the product sells. To this is added that they include product opening policies, that establishes that if the user takes the product to a repairman, the product warranty is void, but if one takes the product to the manufacturer, the repair will cost much more expensive.

The main and previously studied idea is to generate more income for the company due to more frequent purchases, generating addictive relationships to buy new products fattened by a marketing bombardment that translate into continuous economic benefits for longer periods of time for companies and manufacturers.

iPhone 7 brought the dead of the 3.5 jack port


A simple example of this is the headphone jack port of the iPhones. From the iPhone 7 onwards the company removed the input of the 3.5 headphone jack port and united all on the main charging port. The big issue with this was the need for a new adapter to be able to use our already owned headphones, also, the adapter was not included in the purchase of the product, one had to buy it separately and it costs £ 9 (on the official website of apple UK) or many of hundreds brands developing those and we had no option to use our previously loved headphones with 3.5 jack without it. There was no need for the massive manufacturing of a new accessory, bringing as well tons of new plastic electronic waste.

The objective of obsolescence is not to create quality products, but exclusively the economic benefit of manufacturers. It is obvious that consumer needs and environmental problems in production are completely ignored, as well as the consequences that are generated from the point of view of the accumulation of electronics waste and the pollution that it entails.

This situation has been generated for many decades and consequently generates a very considerable dissatisfaction among consumers since it not only affects the use of the product itself but also the consumer’s economy feels very damaged. Over the past 20/30 years, activism against this practice by megacorporations, including the media, organizations and even consumers themselves, has intensified, and several companies have already started taking strong action to reverse this practice.

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The People Knows

Members of European Parliament tackled this problem by carefully considering how restrictive practices that trigger planned obsolescence work, leading to a considerable decrease in the shelf life of products. They considered that corrective updates to digital devices should improve the functionality and durability of the devices and not reduce their performance.

According to the Eurobarometer, 77% of users in the European Community choose to repair their products instead of replacing them and 79% are sure that manufacturers should be obliged to facilitate easy repair access of the product when repairing them or even, when it comes to changing unit parts such as a battery or a screen, should be easy available.


Adjustments to electronics waste management


MEPs added a boost to the idea of ​​more sustainable public procurement, as well as preferably responsible marketing and advertising, proposing sustainable decision options for both consumers and businesses.

The idea is to include clear explanations for the products, which claim to be environmentally friendly, clearly describe how that happens, and come with an additional eco-label certification. For example, when green claims are made in advertisements, verifiable criteria must be followed to support the claim.

The report proposes new rules for electronics waste management, including removing legal hurdles that prevent repair, resale and reuse. Definitely the companies do not favor recycling in the least and this generates a very big problem in several aspects. This will also benefit the alternative commodity market.

Fight against unsafe electronics sold online

In another resolution on the safety of products in the market, approved by 45 hands (without abstentions or against votes). MEPs addressed the issue of the lack of safety in products, mainly those sold online. Including products that contain dangerous chemicals, unsafe software, or any other hazard that is dangerous to the consumer.

MEPs demand that the web pages where these products are marketed should impose strict regulations when it comes to controlling malicious attitudes, demanding that strict regulations be standardized for the final benefit of the consumer.

Putting emphasis on ensuring compliance with these safety standards in products, not only those from the European Community but also those from outside. This would achieve fair competition between companies, generating a good source of information for final consumers.

These standards include the security and protection of artificial intelligence, proposing the intensification of the development of effective controls in high-risk products connected to AI. It also includes a restructuring of current legislation on product safety at a general level in all types of machinery, involving directives to adapt them to that artificial intelligence, generating a better final functionality.

European Parliament vote shows Consumer support for new laws on “the right to repair”


The EU finally decided to favor the consumer by securing new laws. The European Parliament voted vigorously in favor of legislation supporting the “sustainable single market”.

The vote exposes a favorable attitude from the European community in favor of Artificial Intelligence being more reliable, manipulable and definitely extending its durability so that it finally begins to reduce the electronics waste with which our planet is being invaded.

At the beginning of 2019, the EU Commission threatened with ideological projections concerning these projects on the “repair rights” for smartphones, tablets and laptops, it has finally achieved an apparent great revolution, we hope that in 2021 these regulations will be put into action and that this is the beginning of a different world, where large companies, at least pretend, that the customer is truly valued.

Now, after the European Parliament has confirmed the primary project of the EU Commission, it is time to finally put into practice the long-awaited regulations: “The legal requirement for labels that provide true information, clearly understandable to the user, demonstrating an approach from the companies towards the client. Specifically directed to the useful life and the final autonomy of the product, with advice on its forms of repair and on spare parts at the time of purchase “

The regulation requires more detailed manuals along with an instruction guide for repair and descriptions of the correct spare parts in various options, including options for independent repairers and the customer, in case he is interested in repairing his own products. The goal to achieve is that repairs are more accessible and that products ultimately extend their useful lives.

It is a fact that this cannot happen immediately and we will have to deal with the relevant bureaucracies, establish the necessary rules and concomitant laws, etc. Beyond all this we can consider that we are facing a forceful change in the way of interacting with Artificial intelligence will be handled, it seems that it will finally be achieved, and this will increase the final benefit of the consumer.

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The battle with technological garbage 


The world faces a great battle with technological garbage and it is a fact that the European Parliament was losing. Thousands of tons of technological waste could easily be supplanted, generating an improvement to the environment and the consumer. All this electronic waste is causing many inconveniences, not only to society in general but also to Parliament, since in one way or another they have to play a role of protectors of society. In itself, apparently, we are facing a very good initiative, and we really hope that it will generate the expected results.

On Wednesday, November 25, the initiatives created to establish a better structured sustainability began and the safety standards of the products are being promoted.

By 395 votes to 94 and 207 abstentions, the regulations for a much more sustainable internal market have been approved. Finally, we can recognize that the EU Commission is proudly responsible for this implementation.

The primary provision is the “right to repair”, it is established that the repair of products is more feasible and easy to implement. An extension in the guarantees and that the acquisition of spare parts is easily achieved. Likewise, the information on the repairs concerned and the maintenance of the products will have to be very well explained.

New electronics waste management regulations


Certain rules have already been established to support the new regulations. Some countries already have their own regulations: France has just introduced its own label that rates the repair-ability of certain products on a scale of one to ten. Related to these issues, lists of applications have been submitted to the European Commission, including support for the second-hand products market, adding sustainable manufacturing processes.

A fundamental detail in the whole project is the implementation of a generic charger, so that the entire infinite range of different chargers is simply reduced to one or at least a few, let’s imagine for a moment how many millions we could save with this rule without counting the amount of plastic waste that we will avoid.

It is essential that sustainability is very taken into account and fully verifiable. If megacorporations say that their products are ecological and that they do not harm the environment, they will have to demonstrate it consistently and environmental certifications will have to be much more intense.

The European Parliament plans to introduce a labeling system that explains the real life of products, energy consumption meters and other variants that clarify the best way to extend the durability of these products.

As all these regulations are so new, it is not yet known for sure how it will affect Great Britain, mainly in relation to Brexit and all that this implies, but it is a fact that it will end up being influenced.

We are facing a major paradigm shift, and truly at Holyphone iPhone Repair, we hope it is for the ultimate benefit of all consumers and small repair businesses.

Our right is to repair and give long life to our electronics.

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