Government of India: Mobile devices must be equipped with USB-C by March 2025

According to Business Standard, Rohit Kumar Singh, Secretary of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs of India, said that the State-run Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has also decided to establish USB-C as a unified charging port, covering two common types of charging ports for mobiles and wearable electronic devices.

The Indian government earlier formed a special study group consisting of industry representatives, educational institutions, and other relevant department heads to study the feasibility of the plan. At the same time, the environmental department also assessed the impact of unified charging ports in electronic equipment on e-waste, and then the Indian government consulted with relevant industry personnel on standards.

iPhone 15 USB-C

Considering the constraints of the global supply chain and the availability of products, the Indian government and related industries finally reached a consensus and decided to follow the European Union’s unified charging port standard timetable, the government set March 2025 as the deadline. The plan will be implemented in phases for efficient implementation and ease of adoption.

In addition to India, earlier reports said that the United States is also considering developing a common charging standard for consumer electronics. As the only smartphone maker on the market that still uses a proprietary Lightning port instead of a USB-C port, Apple is clearly the most affected. As more and more countries and regions establish USB-C as a unified charging port, it may force Apple to finally make a change.