O2 and HTC decide to ditch the charger

O2 and HTC decide to ditch the chargerThere's no doubt that the adoption of a single micro-USB-based charger standard that works across all your gadgets – rather than the old system of needing a separate charger for each of them – is very much a good thing.

But if one charger works across most of our consumer electronics devices, why does every new device we buy have to come with its own charger? Why indeed.

O2 and HTC has decided now's the time to move on, and so future HTC phones on the network will ship without one, and will come with just a micro-USB cable rather than a full charger.

“I have a simple vision for O2: we want to take chargers out of boxes full stop,” O2 boss Ronan Dunne told Pocket-lint.

“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.”

We agree with the sentiment in principle, but let's face it: a decision to effectively give you less for your money an act of self-sacrificing. And trying to pretend it is just turns the whole thing into little more than a marketing gimmick.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 27, 2012 at 09:24

Idea is sound, but hearing it from a network dude makes me a tad sick.
It reminds me of how many phones they advertise as "TV-out" - yay... but ask them for the non-standard TV-out cable?! Heck, ask them for anything useful that isn't a case for an iPhone or whatever the current 2 Android flagships are. Or ask them what to do with the generously included 2(!) GB memory card?! Is there an island in the pacific made from discarded 512MB to 2GB memory cards? Shut up, networks. Save your breath to train staff properly.

Stelph  Sep. 27, 2012 at 10:18

Oh god this harks back to the days when Apple decided to remove plugs from ipods and the like.

They can wrap it all up with as much bull talk as they want, all they are doing is cost cutting which WILL NOT be passed onto the consumer, so why should we welcome this? It just means an extra £9.99 expendature for a plug for those of us who dont want to fire up a PC to charge our phones

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 27, 2012 at 11:27

Robbing b*stards.

Pondlife  Sep. 27, 2012 at 13:13

Given the number of usb plugs I'm getting around the place I'm not seeing it as a problem. I don't know why you are buying £9.99 ones for that matter Stelph.
I know what you mean about the pathetic capacity memory cards Jan, found a 32Mb one the other day when having a clear out. Kept it so far as struck me as mildly amusing.

Stelph  Sep. 27, 2012 at 13:37

Given the number of usb plugs I'm getting around the place I'm not seeing it as a problem. I don't know why you are buying £9.99 ones for that matter Stelph.
I know what you mean about the pathetic capacity memory cards Jan, found a 32Mb one the other day when having a clear out. Kept it so far as struck me as mildly amusing.


£9.99 is what I would imagine they wold be priced at in the local O2 phone shop, and im sure the "helpful" sales assistant will be quickly pointing out that no charger is in the pack so recommends they pick up the accessory (which is where they make all their money)

Pondlife  Sep. 27, 2012 at 13:45

Possibly but if it wasn't for dumb people doing that we'd all have to pay more...

mrew42  Sep. 27, 2012 at 14:00

It riles me that they're trying to flog this as a new idea.
When I first got my K800i I was asked do I NEED a charger - by o2. As it happens it was my first SE phone so I did. Inglorious B*****ds

Pondlife  Sep. 27, 2012 at 14:04

Odd mine definitely had one. And I didn't technically need it..

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