In these days of ever increasing concern for the health of the environment, is it appropriate that manufacturers of most common portable devices have created a situation where battery replacement is difficult and/or expensive, to the point that most commonly people scrap devices that would be functional for many more years, if performance had not been crippled by old batteries that are excessively inconvenient to replace.
Should the government step in and legislate to force such companies to make changing of batteries simple, or alternatively make it mandatory that all retailers of such devices provide in store battery replacement at the real cost of the battery alone?
Perhaps the government should also step in to require companies to support their products for more years with updates, and impose large fines where updates have been designed to cripple old devices, or where a lack of effort was made to prevent this.
Sadly businesses would prefer more wastage as this means higher sales. A phone in landfill represents another sale. Recycling schemes are available, but these represent security risks, and also won’t significantly reduce pollution from excessive production.
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