Many popular brands like Samsung and Apple have already stopped packing chargers in smartphone boxes. It looks like more brands are planning to follow suit. Tipster Mukul Sharma is claiming on Twitter that OnePlus and Oppo will soon stop shipping in-box chargers in India.
While there is no official confirmation from both the smartphone brands yet, the tipster said that his sources have informed him about the new update. This may not come as a surprise to many, as Apple and Google are not offering adapters. Samsung does this not only for premium phones but also for mid-range devices. The budget ones still ship with a charger. Companies like Vivo, iQOO and Xiaomi are still providing in-box chargers with all the smartphones. A few months back, Realme decided to ship the Realme Narzo 50A Prime without a charger. The company clarified that it is doing this for only one smartphone and the rest of the devices will come with the charging brick.
But why are tech companies abandoning in-box chargers?
Well, most of them are claiming that the decision was made in order to make a small contribution to the environment, as phasing out the wall charger would reduce packaging and planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions.
But, these brands are not talking about any one thing. By removing a charger from every retail box, tech companies are not only saving money on it but also making additional income by selling them separately. Earlier this year, a report revealed that Apple saved $6.5 billion by not shipping earbuds and chargers with iPhones.
Apple was recently fined BRL 100 million (roughly Rs. 150 crores) in Brazil for selling iPhones with chargers and making a profit out of it. The country’s court has said that the charger is an essential part of the phone and the company should send it in the box.