The movement of the “right to reparation” or “right to repair” is gaining momentum globally, especially in relation to the smartphone market.
This movement is centered around the idea that individuals and independent repair shops should have access to the tools, parts, and information needed to fix electronic devices (with mobile phones being the main players).
Organizations like iFixit, Repair Association and Electronic Frontier Foundation They are at the forefront of this movement, advocating for legislation that would require manufacturers to make repair manuals, parts, and diagnostic tools available to the public.
They argue that this would not only allow consumers to repair their devices, but also reduce e-waste and create jobs in the repair industry.
Several companies and brands have already joined the “right to repair” movement. In 2021, Apple announced that it would begin selling original iPhone parts and tools to independent repair shops.
Other companies, such as Samsung and LG, have also taken steps to make it easier for consumers to repair their devices. Samsung has published repair manuals for several of its devices, while LG has made diagnostic software available to independent repair shops.
What is the Nokia G22 about
This weekend’s “right to repair” news comes from a once market leading Nordic company: Nokia.
Indeed, the Finnish brand announced that it will launch the Nokia G22, a phone that has a recyclable plastic back that can be disassembled to change damaged components.
With a few tools and a repair guide iFixitusers will be able to replace the back covers, batteries, screens and charging ports of the Nokia G22.
The G22 will be made by Finnish firm HMD Global and will be the first smartphone under the Nokia brand in more than 15 years. It will be a standard smartphone with a 6.51-inch screen and a 50-megapixel camera.
Adam Ferguson, Head of Product Marketing at HMD Global, said the repair process would cost, on average, 30 percent less than replacing a failed device with a new one.
More than half of mobile phone owners in Europe would repair their devices if they broke outside the warranty period, says research from CSS Insight.
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