Perhaps Brazil will end up forcing Apple to include a charger with every Phone sold in the country again. Activists say the charger is an “essential part” of a smartphone.
According to the latest news, Apple must pay compensation to a Brazilian buyer who recently bought an iPhone for selling the device without a charger in the box, which violates consumer protection law. This decision was taken by the Brazilian court.
Apple’s decision to remove the charger from the box caused controversy in 2020. Apple claims the move is driven by environmental concerns, arguing that the decision is the equivalent of removing almost 450,000 cars a year from the road.
Nevertheless, this step caused a public and legal outcry. In the latter case, a judge in Brazil, a country that has long questioned Apple’s motives for removing the accessory, is forcing Apple to compensate the buyer for almost $1,075 for missing the charger.
According to Article 39 of the Consumer Code (CDC), this strategy is an offensive and illegal practice in Brazil, so selling a mobile phone and charger separately is prohibited. Thus, Apple is sentenced after selling the iPhone and charger separately to a consumer in the city of Goiania.
Last year, Brazil fined Apple $2 million as punishment for violating consumer protection laws and disrespecting Brazilian customers, according to Fernando Capez, head of consumer group Procon-SP.
According to the consumer protection agency, Apple violated the Brazilian Consumer Code. Apple responded by claiming that many customers already have chargers.