A significant proportion of electronic waste production can be avoided and consumers can save a little money on new phone purchases.
Let customers opt out from purchasing another charger with their new phone.
As the largest cell phone manufacturer in the world, with a nearly a quarter of the market, Samsung policy decisions promise to make a large impact on the industry. In a recent experiment, Telefonica Europe and HTC determined that 4 out of 5 consumers do not need to purchase a charger with their new phone. This is because compatibility mandates have led most manufacturers to utilize micro-usb chargers, which work in most all of today's devices. (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/01/save-the-world-by-not-giving-out-unwanted-free-phone-chargers/)
Were consumers allowed to opt out from purchasing a new charger, they could stand to save a nominal amount of money, say around $5. More importantly, a significant amount of electronic waste production would be avoided. In the past couple decades, electronic waste volume has grown faster than almost any other category. Every little reduction makes a difference, especially when consumers may not need a new charger to start with.
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