Having many phones has become a defining characteristic of most middle-class Kenyans. In fact, some people have more than two mobile phones, with distinct models in most cases.
The difficulty that comes with this has remained the sort of chargers that each of these devices may require, a situation that has created a social stratification divide between those who use ‘the regular charger’ and those who use the stylish Type-C, or even those who use the exclusive iPhone.
The newest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that the 18.5 million Kenyans who possess mobile phones account for just around 44.4 percent of the country’s population, indicating that demand and charging load are still far from being met.
You may need an extra bag to carry your chargers for a trip if you have two phones, a smart watch, a wireless headphone, and possibly a laptop.
The European Union has requested that Apple and other smartphone manufacturers embrace a single standardized charging standard for mobile devices by the fall of 2024.
The change, which is intended to reduce cable clutter and e-waste, could be the start of a revolution that could save many screen addicts who become unwell when their devices’ batteries run out.
The legislation’s most intriguing feature is that almost all wired-rechargeable products — phones, tablets, e-readers, earphones, cameras, portable speakers, and so on — will need to be equipped with a USB-C connector.
Because the latest MacBook Pros already use USB-C, Apple may have started this compliance ahead of the rest. The new law may hasten Apple’s transition to Type-C charging for all iPhones.
The longer lasting batteries of the gadgets with many slang names such as kabambe, katululu, or mulika mwizi are thought to be behind the use of multiple devices with the usual combination of feature and smart phone by many folks.
The new headache will be deciding where to bury all of the cables, which, in some nations, is already a problem.