France is looking to enact legislation that would restrict wireless carriers from using commercial offers to entice users into early upgrades.
French carriers, like many carriers around the world, use promotions to get customers to upgrade early in exchange for signing a new contract. French authorities are concerned about the environmental impact of new phones, according to Reuters, and are prepared to take action.
The French government estimates device manufacturing accounts for up to 75% of the digital sector’s environmental impact. As a result, upgrading new devices early can pose a significant impact.
“We’re ready to adopt new measures,” a government official said. “The aim is clearly to increase the life of terminals.”
The government will have Arcep, the French telecoms authority, conduct a review of the contracts wireless carriers use and see what measures can be taken. The official emphasized the review is not being done frivolously, or without a definite end-game in mind.
“We’re not commissioning this review to waste time, it’s clearly to have the means to make a decision.”