HTC and O2 have teamed up to reduce what may very well be unnecessary waste, and save a few bucks along the way. They claim that 70% of all phone buyers already have a wall charger, thus they will not be including one with their new HTC flagship. They’ll include a microUSB cable, but no wall adapter. This is what they had to say:
“I have a simple vision for O2: we want to take chargers out of boxes full stop,” said Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2. “Right now, O2 with HTC has to go it alone on this matter – we both believe in it passionately enough that we can’t wait for the industry as a whole to join us in this crusade. That said, we hope that we will be able to pave the way for others to follow us as this has to be a collective effort if we are to achieve the bigger aim of eliminating chargers sold with every new phone in the UK.”
It definitely makes sense. no doubt about that. If they want to do this, they’ll have to sell wall adapters really cheap as a standalone accessory. Either price them at $15 or below, or make a special $10 deal for the buyers of that specific device that comes without one. It’s only fair for new smartphone buyers.
However, let’s forget the charger for a second. They just confirmed some sort of HTC flagship coming soon. It could be the 5″ phablet, or it could be their new One X+, we aren’t sure. But O2, thank you!