BUBBLY MOBILE OPERATOR O2 has started selling the HTC One X+ smartphone, and has stuck to its promise of shipping the handset without a charger.
Back in September, O2 announced a partnership with HTC that would see the mobile network ship the Taiwanese firm's smartphones without a mains charger. Instead, O2 will chuck a USB to microUSB cable in the box, which means that buyers will have to make do with charging via a desktop or laptop PC.
Speaking at the time of the announcement, O2 CEO Ronan Dunne said, "The environmental cost of multiple and redundant chargers [is] enormous and I believe that, as the mobile phone has become more prevalent, we as retailers and manufacturers have an ever-greater responsibility to be a more sustainable industry."
The HTC One X+ is the first phone to join the two firms' environmentally friendly pilot scheme, and is now available to buy from O2. Those after a free phone will have to sign up to a pricey £41 24 month contract, although this does come complete with unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 2GB of monthly data. It's also available on a cheaper £36 a month contract, but you'll have to hand over £49.99 for the smartphone.
That price is understandable considering the handset's specifications. An upgraded version of the original HTC One X, it features a faster 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 64GB of internal storage and improved battery life. µ
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