Apple started it, not shipping a charger in the box with their iPhone 12 devices. The internet reflected the consumer shock in tweets, rants, and memes, but it seems we have generally gotten over that. Samsung followed suit with the Galaxy S21 series, and numerous other handset manufacturers including Xiaomi have also done the same.
The iPhone 13 does not come with a charging adapter, just as the iPhone 12 before it. The box contains the iPhone 13 and a USB-C-to-Lightning cable, no more.
Samsung is taking their game a notch higher. After the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S series started coming without a charger included, budget smartphones are up next. Samsung may no longer offer an in-box charger to its Galaxy A and Galaxy M smartphones. As a result, Samsung’s budget phones will only come with a charging cable in the future.
12 5G bands support on Samsung Galaxy F23…
No in-box chargers for upcoming M & A series models
— Yogesh Brar (@heyitsyogesh) March 7, 2022
Samsung hasn’t confirmed this officially, but several reports are already building to support this speculation.
By not including a very essential charger, these companies claim they get to cut back on e-waste. However, we cannot ignore the fact that behind the environmental sustainability answer, is a desire to also keep some extra cash in their pocket.
How would this move affect Samsung’s market share in the budget segment? Likely to be negative, considering competitor brands on cheaper phones are getting better in quality and still ship with a charger.
Buying a charger separately from the company is not an attractive extra costs if you are already trying to save money with a budget phone. Additionally, purchasing a cheaper charger from a different brand might come with its own issues which could end up messing the phone overall.