O2 and HTC to flog phone without charger

27 September 2012

android_logoThere's a good chance that, for absolutely no reason, you have a variety of chargers lying around your house, for phones you no longer own. Tucked away in the back of a cupboard, they're merging into one giant electrical rat-king (warning - that link could make you puke).

And so, with that in mind, O2 and HTC have together decided that a new phone won't come with a charger at all. On the surface, it sounds like a bit of a swizz, but it does make sense.

According to O2, 70% of customers who buy a new smartphone already have the charger to go with it which means 100 million+ chargers left in drawers. Obviously, O2 are saying that this is a move to be more environmentally friendly, but really, it'll save them a few bob which, presumably, they won't pass on to the customer.

Naturally, you’ll still be able to buy one separately if this is the first HTC phone you've bought, and if you don't like the idea of buying one on top of your phone cost, there'll be a USB cable in the package, so you can charge your phone through your computer or whatever.

Or, if you know someone who has had a couple of HTC phones, chances are, they'll have spares you can have. All-in-all, it doesn't seem like a bad idea at all.


TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile


  • Steve
    "All-in-all, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all." - getting less for your money would seem like a bad idea to most people...
  • Sicknote
    Good idea I guess
  • Alexis
    What happens if your existing charger is on its last legs?
  • Tweedskin
    Micro USB has been the default charging cable for years, and was agreed by the major manufacturers (Yes, including Apple, they have an adapter...) to be the standard...i think it's now EU law too. So all in all, a good thing. I have about 7 micro USB chargers at home and don't really need more. As long as retailers like NO2 are not taking chargers out to then resell as "add-ons", I'm all for it. Also, Steve is a penis.
  • Tweedskin
    @Alexis I've got plenty of spares knocking about if you want one?
  • Me
    @Alexis - You buy one of Amazon/Play for less than a £5... Also as state by Tweedskin microUSB is standard for virtually all (smart)phones now (except i devices - You need to buy an official Apple adapter surprise surprise). I've got 3 or 4 and they all do the same job so why would I want another.
  • mogsog
    I'm all for this as long as phone shops don't think they can flog people a micro usb for £10 like some used to **cough** 02.
  • Ninten D.
    If the nintendo 3DS used 'standard' USB charging port - then their faux-pas of not supplying a charger might have been excused. But I bought a nintendo 3DS and not having a charger (well... having to pay extra for one) seemed like the last squeeze and shake to get every last drip of ca$h out of me. cynical? for this yes... but for what is becoming a standard charging mechanism like in this report - its actually not a bad idea... but cynically agree the consumer will only see the cost price reduction of the exclusion of the charger (which, looking on Ebay must be pence... not pounds)

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