Kudos to O2 for dumping chargers from mobile packaging

It’s about time, isn’t it?

I’ve got ton of Micro USB chargers everywhere. So have you, if you’ve bought a few phones across the last few years.

So why not dump them from the box? Here’s the overview from Pocket-Lint:

O2 and HTC will begin selling a new, as yet unannounced, phone before the end of the year without a charger in the box as part of a pilot scheme to reduce the number of “wasted” chargers in circulation.

According to O2, 70 per cent of customers who buy one of the 30 million new handsets sold in the UK each year already have the relevant charger.

via O2 and HTC to sell phone without a charger, in deliberate ploy to be more green – Pocket-lint.

Now then I’ve one more point on this one: I’d like to see O2 stock a standard generic yet high quality Micro USB charger in their stores. One that doesn’t retail for £24.99 (like the one I bought from Carphone Warehouse a few years ago!)

Right now there’s a £14.99 charger available on their online store. I’m doing a fake smile at that one. £15 for a piece of plastic that must cost less than £1 is quite annoying.

Still, I like the leadership being demonstrated by Ronan Dunne and the team at O2. Nice work.

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