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There will be fewer cryptic symbols on our phones, thanks to new law

Some of the symbols permanently printed on electronic products could become a thing of the past, thanks to a new law that was just signed off by President Obama.

Published onNovember 27, 2014

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Some of the arcane symbols permanently printed on electronic products could become a thing of the past, thanks to a new law that was just signed off by President Obama.

The E-Label Act, which was signed into law just yesterday, allows companies to use software labels, instead of having to physically print them on devices. A report by The Hill stated that the policies this act sets into place would create more space (no pun intended) to work within FCC standards, which makes sense considering how tech continues to become smaller and smaller.

Up until now, manufacturers had to inscribe certain FCC-mandated symbols and identification numbers on every device they sell, either on its outer shell or in a visible place beneath the back cover, for devices with removable backs.

To put it simply, it seems as if ugly stickers and, worse, permanent FCC and other regulatory labels could be a thing of the past.

However, this new law won’t affect regulations from other countries, meaning that symbols like Europe’s CE mark will stick around.  And no, this law won’t prevent manufacturers from putting their own logos on devices, like AT&T did with the One (M8) pictured above.

Have these FCC symbols ever bothered you? Or is it just a case of lawmakers wasting time on the wrong issues?

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