Do Phones Need to Come With Chargers These Days?

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UK carrier O2 is taking a pretty bold step: an as-yet-unannounced new HTC handset that it's selling will come without a charger in the box. O2 claims it's an attempt to be more environmentally friendly, but maybe it's just the future.


Gone are the days of dedicated, all-in-one chargers. These days all you really need is the correct cable to plug into a USB adapter—and we all have stacks of them lying around. So, do you really need another in the box when your new phone arrives? It is just a waste of money and resources? Or do you enjoy secretly hoarding shiny new USB adapters in a closet at home? Let's thrash this one out. [Pocket-lint]

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Eddie Johnson

NO! STOP THIS MADNESS. Its like printers and bloody printer cables all over again. Not everyone is you, not everyone has had a million smartphones and those that don't should not have to pony up £30 to get one (because you know phone shops will charge just that).