MADRID Jan 18 Telefonica's British
subsidiary, O2, said it will not provide chargers with any of
the mobile handsets it sells by 2015, after a successful pilot
scheme suggested 80 percent of customers would buy phones
O2 estimated there were 100 million unused chargers in
Britain and encouraged competitors to take similar steps so all
phones are eventually sold chargerless.
Handset makers promised a standard charger suitable for all
smartphones under pressure from the European Commission in 2009,
meaning customers who purchased handsets recently do not need a
new one for handsets from a different brand.
The European Commission cited environmental concerns and O2
said the number of unused handsets in Britain had already had a
"huge environmental cost".
O2 and Taiwanese handset maker HTC launched a
trial in October offering customers the option to buy a phone
with or without a charger. 82 percent of customers opted to buy
a phone charger-free.
Customers who want a charger with their new handset will be
able to buy one at cost price, O2 said.