O2 loves the environment, sells 82% of HTC One X+ phones without charger

O2 loves the environment, sells 82% of HTC One X+ phones without chargerIt’s about time we had a positive story about Matt’s favourite network, after a pair of outages made national news, and dare we mention the price increase for O2 pay monthly customers?

We’re hearing that an O2 scheme to help save our beloved environment has been a rip roaring success, far exceeding the network’s expectations. Beautiful.

Specifically, O2 is selling the HTC One X+ without a charger. Buyers simply receive a USB cable, though a charger is available for a (presumably) small surcharge. EDIT: yeah, it’s £2.62.

The network stresses: “O2 is not making money from selling the charger separately.”

Team Dunne reckons around 70% of people already have a charger, with an estimated 100 million unused chargers in the UK. “That's equivalent to the weight of 1000 London buses and enough copper wire and plastic to wrap around the O2 arena 200,000 times,” says the network on its online shop.

O2 reveals that a whopping 82% of customers opted to take the HTC One X+ without a charger, exceeding its target of 70%.

“The results of the trial demonstrate a clear willingness among consumers to consider and respond to the environmental argument for taking a phone charger-free," barked Ronan Dunne, O2’s CEO.

"I now hope that as a result of this study the rest of the industry will now consider joining us in our campaign to take chargers out of the box for good.”

via: O2 news

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19 comments

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 19, 2013 at 18:51

Good.

judgey  Jan. 19, 2013 at 19:07

as long as it aint about making more money then its great

AhmadCentral  Jan. 19, 2013 at 19:29

The network stresses: “O2 is not making money from selling the charger separately.”

though a charger is available for a (presumably) small surcharge. EDIT: yeah, it’s £2.62.

Seems they are making £2.62 on each one...

salmonmax  Jan. 19, 2013 at 19:30

I thought that was the whole point of standardising on one connection, then surprised that the last few devices I've purchased all came with an adaptor.
About time. Well done O2, and should be a default by the manufacturers.

loofer  Jan. 19, 2013 at 19:35

yup, they been doing this for a while. Makes sense to standardise the charging ports. Even if they don't ... as a minimum the individual cables should be USB at one end that goes into the wall plug

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 19, 2013 at 19:57

On the basis you can pick up a Micro USB charger for well under £2.62, I think they might not be telling the truth about not making money on them. Also, I like having the right charger for the device, different chargers have different outputs and I'm not a fan of waiting ages for my phone to charge because I'm using some crappy, old charger.

tek-monkey  Jan. 19, 2013 at 19:59

Shame the last 3 phones I've owned have come with chargers outputting a different ampage, so the standard connector still results in a varying charge time (if at all on some models).

judgey  Jan. 19, 2013 at 20:00

So they going to knock of £2.62 of the price to then?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 19, 2013 at 20:11

Shame the last 3 phones I've owned have come with chargers outputting a different ampage, so the standard connector still results in a varying charge time (if at all on some models).
Exactly what I was saying. I don't fancy charging my Note 2's 3100mah battery with the charger from a nigh on three year old HTC Desire.

barrybarryk  Jan. 19, 2013 at 20:57

the last micro USB charger I bought cost a fiver, so £2.62 is hardly netting them a profit.

If you want one with a higher amperage rating just buy one with a higher amperage rating, it has nothing to do with how old the phone it came with is. I've a few going from 500mA to 2A, but trying to charge your phone too quickly is just a shortcut to the "help my battery exploded and now my phone is on fire" call queue

Pondlife  Jan. 19, 2013 at 21:16

So that must be about what 41 One X+ phones on O2 without chargers...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 19, 2013 at 21:27

the last micro USB charger I bought cost a fiver, so £2.62 is hardly netting them a profit.

If you want one with a higher amperage rating just buy one with a higher amperage rating, it has nothing to do with how old the phone it came with is. I've a few going from 500mA to 2A, but trying to charge your phone too quickly is just a shortcut to the "help my battery exploded and now my phone is on fire" call queue

Yes, but older phones tended to have smaller batteries which didn't require, therefore didn't have, such powerful chargers to charge them up at a decent speed.

The fact you bought an expensive charger doesn't mean a lot, in all honesty.

Traderhorn  Jan. 19, 2013 at 21:52

as an owner of a Nokia 1100, 2004 vintage,thinking of trying a smart phone for the first time,O2 will sell me a phone without a charger and the Nokia charger will not work with new phones,then I have to pay for a suitable one for new phone, no price reduction versus phone with charger?, this is not done to help the environment only O2 and manufacturers profits, what next no headset/ battery these are extras for a price.
still can go to other networks for new phone with charger, at the moment.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 19, 2013 at 21:54

So that must be about what 41 One X+ phones on O2 without chargers...the one x+ isn't a windows phone pondlife...

mrew42  Jan. 19, 2013 at 22:01

Nope. It's actually one of the best phones available in the UK

llama69  Jan. 19, 2013 at 22:02

I've a few going from 500mA to 2A, but trying to charge your phone too quickly is just a shortcut to the "help my battery exploded and now my phone is on fire" call queue

The Amp rating on the charger is how much current it *can* provide at a time, not how much it *will*. If you connect a device that draws 1A to a charger thats rated at 1,000,000A it will still only draw 1A. So, connecting a phone to a charger rated lower than the phone will charge it slower, but connecting it to a charger rated higher than the phone will not charge it "too fast" or overload it or whatever.

I think you're confusing Amps with Voltage.

Pondlife  Jan. 19, 2013 at 23:05

So that must be about what 41 One X+ phones on O2 without chargers...the one x+ isn't a windows phone pondlife...

htc sell about the same amount as wp though

Treab  Jan. 20, 2013 at 00:42

So that must be about what 41 One X+ phones on O2 without chargers...the one x+ isn't a windows phone pondlife...

htc sell about the same amount as wp though


how dare you pondi... WP8 has a far better purchase rate...

bex85  Jan. 20, 2013 at 10:17

To be fair, if O2 were going to charge me £2.62 for a charger, if I had to get the phone from them (ie my first choice would be to go somewhere else), I wouldn't get a charger with the phone. I'd buy one off eBay or amazon, rather someone else had the money than O2. Have to agree with he comments above re ampage. Charging my note 2 on the charger it came with = great, fully charged from under 10% in around two hours but, using the charger from my partners phone, I'll be lucky if its charged to 50% in that time.

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