O2 will sell an HTC phone without a charger, as part of the carrier’s bid to improve its carbon footprint.
The as yet unnamed HTC handset, likely to be the HTC One XL or one of the just-unveiled 8X and 8S Windows Phone 8-powered kits, will now come solely with a micro-USB-to-USB cable for buyers to charge it using their computer instead of a charger unit.
According to O2, the move is aimed at delivering “carbon benefits to our customers that are ten times the impact of our own network” by “reducing the environmental impact from new phones”.
The carrier calculates that the some 100 million superannuated chargers are lying unused in UK households.
Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2 in the UK, said: “The environmental cost of multiple and redundant chargers is enormous and I believe that, as the mobile phone has become more prevalent, we as retailers and manufacturers have an ever-greater responsibility to be a more sustainable industry.”
It’s not yet clear how much cheaper the HTC phone will be as a result of dispending with a charger.
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