O2's HTC One X+ owners: no charger, no problem
eliminate chargers from the boxes of all new phones sold starting in 2015. With 30 million new phones sold annually in the U.K., if the results of this test are repeated, it will save 24 million chargers from sitting around in a desk drawer.
O2's research shows that 100 million unused chargers currently are collecting dust in the U.K., either from an old phone or a duplicate of an existing charger. Consider that these weigh 18,700 tonnes, or the equivalent of 1,000 London buses. It also amounts to 124,274 miles of copper wire and plastic covering, enough to wrap around the O2 Arena 200,000 times. The 100 million chargers would also equal the amount of landfill needed to fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools.
If this program ever migrated to the U.S., would the results be as successful as those experienced by O2 with its trial?
source: O2 via Pocketlint via Engadget
2. papss (unregistered)
I'm a tech guy but the environment needs consideration
5. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I didn't know "U2" was also in the electronic chargers business, beside music.
10. Droiddoes (unregistered)
U2 makes music? Who knew.
6. xtremesv (Posts: 238; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Sure I have 2 chargers collecting dust in my room but none of those could charge my Galaxy S III quick enough, I think they only put out 0.6 amp. So I assume future smartphones with larger batteries will require higher capacity chargers to keep charging time within a reasonable parameter, so for me, O2 new charger business is not good for consumers.
7. NickPeters (Posts: 64; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
OK, so, you MIGHT be right... but - hey! Think of the environment!
8. xtremesv (Posts: 238; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
My point is simple: nowadays charges also become obsolete and inefficient overtime. My complaint is that this company doesn't do this for the environment but to get a couple of bucks out their customers.
14. rallyguy (Posts: 572; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I Agree, not all chargers are the same, and I'm sure the majority of people don't realize that.
11. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
Environmental friends... ok fine Good motive!!! No comments for me
How much did each customer save? and how much did O2 profit from not giving an included charger? I just want to confirm your not showing/using environmental needs to boost your profits...
13. cripton805 (Posts: 972; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
18% is still a large number. What if those 18% feel ripped off. I don't have any extra chargers because I usually sell my phone second hand every couple of months.
I think this is a bad idea for HTC. They are suffering as it is. This little extra they don't offer could push another sale to another phone.
15. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
if your not going to offer a charger lower the dang prices otherwise piss off htc