Recently, this topic has been boiled up again politically, but the smartphone manufacturers are resisting the provision of smartphones with replaceable batteries. For several years it has been normal for almost all available smartphones to be completely locked. Most of the time, the devices are held together with glue and even professionals find it difficult to access the innards and the battery.
In the past, you simply swapped the cell phone battery yourself. Cover open, battery out, battery in. This is no longer normal. But it should be again, if it goes according to the demands of the politicians. Most recently, Samsung, as the market leader, had to face a hearing. The demand of German politics would result in the development of special products for Germans. Samsung declines because that would lead to unattractive devices and then to orders from abroad.
E-waste must be reduced: looking for measures
In any case, there is a dispute between those who demand replaceable batteries and the smartphone manufacturers. Samsung sees many advantages in today’s devices that would be more attractive to customers due to their design and are better protected from water and dirt. That means a longer shelf life. In addition, replacing the battery is a topic for professionals anyway. On the other hand, there are demands such as easier access to the internal hardware of smartphones and easier procurement of spare parts.
In any case, it is clear to me and many others that there can be no regulation on German soil alone. This topic must already run through the EU and there has been a failure there for many years because of the implementation of standardized chargers. We certainly all agree that solutions to reduce e-waste are definitely needed. The question is whether there will be one at some point.