Samsung, together with Apple, has been slapped with new penalties for not offering power bricks for their phones, According to a report published by Telecompaper (highlighted by the SamMobile).
Apple was the first to adopt the trend of taking away the charging bricks on its iPhones with the release of the iPhone 12 as the company that was first to embrace this change after Samsung; the Cupertino major was Samsung. The company began to stop shipping charging bricks in the Galaxy S21 series, and the only USB-C cable shipped in the box.
While Apple, at the time, stated the move was done to lower the amount of e-waste that was piling up, it assumed that everyone had a charger lying around from their previous phone.
However, that’s not how the consumer groups of Brazil perceived it. They say that the Ministry of Justice in Brazil has announced that more than 800 Procon Departments — or consumer rights groups — are scheduled to pursue legal action against Samsung and Apple.
The department’s officials have stated that they’d be presenting their case and offering solutions before deciding whether fines are imposed.
The company hasn’t said whether they’d bring in other smartphone manufacturers that aren’t shipping phones with chargers inside the box.
This is coming just two weeks before Apple received a penalty of $1,081 for each customer following a Brazil judge ruling that the company’s decision to not ship an item like a charger inside the box because it was “abusive and illegal.”
Recent reports have also highlighted how Apple has saved more than $6.5 billion in not distributing headphones and chargers on the iPhones and the additional profits it made from selling accessories like the charger at market value.