Smartphones to start losing their label overload
FCC ID. Lead-free construction. Place of assembly. Do not dispose in the trash. Our mobile devices are positively littered with all sorts of messages, icons, warnings, and advisories. Manufacturers often do what they can to hide them away, tucking all this mandated gobbledygook away under battery covers or SIM trays, but there’s only so much they can do. Do we really need all these symbols and text marring our phones’ otherwise quite attractive rear panels? As it turns out, maybe we don’t, and the US government has taken steps to reduce the burden on manufacturers to litter their handsets will all this mess.
Following passage by the House a couple months back and the Senate earlier in November, President Obama this week signed the E-Label Act into law. The big change here for phone labeling is that it will allow manufacturers to store all this information previous required to be physically present on the hardware’s in an electronic form, instead.
That means that all these certification badges and ID numbers would be visible in some sort of “about” screen for your phone. Beyond just making our phones look better, having that info electronically stored could render it easier to access and share – at least, you won’t have to pull out a magnifying glass just to read it. Sounds like good news for everyone involved.