O2 is removing chargers from new HTC phone packages in a pilot scheme to help cut waste and encourage phone users to recycle their existing chargers.
The move has been met with anger from many consumers who claim the mobile network is profiteering by offering chargers separately at an extra cost, yet not reducing the price of the phone.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
The no-charger scheme is being run in conjunction with Taiwanese phone company HTC, which is shortly due to unveil its much anticipated new 'flagship' handset.
The phone will be supplied with a micro-USB to USB cable, but without the plug that goes into the wall. O2 claims that as most plugs are interchangeable, the majority of buyers will already have a charger that can be used with their new phone and cable.
For buyers that do want a new charger, O2 is offering them at cost price of £3.47.
A universal charger has been called upon for many years to reduce waste in the mobile phone industry, but the major phone makers are still yet to settle on a design that can be used across all phone models.
As a result of having a new charger with every new phone, O2 claims that there are around 100 million redundant chargers currently in circulation in the UK.
Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2 in the UK, says: "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."
Consumer response to the bold move is mixed. While the environmental stance is generally welcomed, many feel short changed by having to pay for something that was previously available for free.
Following the announcement of the news on its Facebook page, O2 has received a barrage of response for fairer options. Ideas include offering a choice to buy the new phone with or without the charger; cutting the price of the phone to compensate for the change, or introducing an in-store recycling service for consumers to pick up used chargers for free.
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Using a mobile phone to make and receive calls, send texts and browse the web while abroad can be extremely costly – especially if you are travelling outside the European Union (EU), where calls can cost up to 10 times as much as at home.
To avoid high charges, Carphone Warehouse suggests tourists ensure a data cap is in place, use applications to check data usage, turn off 'data roaming', avoid data-intensive applications such as Google Maps and YouTube and use wi-fi spots to update social networking sites.
Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) is supposed to help people to continue meeting their loan, mortgage or credit card repayments if they fall ill or lose their jobs. However, policies are often over-priced, riddled with exclusions and sold to people who could not make a claim if they needed to.
At one point, sale of this cover - which was often included automatically in loan repayments - was estimated to boost the banks' profits by up to £5 billion a year.
Now, though, consumers who were mis-sold PPI can fight back by complaining to the bank or lender concerned and taking their case to the Financial Ombudsman Service (08000 234567) should the response prove unsatisfactory.
It could be you, but let's face it, it probably won't be. In fact, buying a ticket for the Lotto only gives you a 1 in 13.9 million chance of winning the jackpot.
With odds like that, you would almost certainly be better off hanging on to your cash and saving it in a high-interest account.
No-frills airlines such as EasyJet may promote rock-bottom prices on their websites. But the overall fare you pay can be surprisingly high once extras such as luggage and credit card payment fees have been added - a process known as drip pricing.
Taking one piece of hold baggage on a return EasyJet flight, for example, adds close to £20 to the cost of your flight, while paying by credit card increases the price by a further £10.
It may therefore be worth comparing the total cost with that of a flight with a standard airline such as British Airways.
Cash advances, which include cash withdrawals, are generally charged at a much higher rate of interest than standard purchases.
While the average credit card interest rate is around 17%, a typical cash withdrawal of £500, for example, is charged at more than 26%.
What's more, as the interest accrues from the date of the transaction, rather than the next payment date, costs will mount up even if you clear your balance in full with your next payment.
Supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda often run promotions under which you can, for example, get three products for the price of two.
However, it is only worth taking advantage of these deals if you will actually use the products. Otherwise, you are simply buying for the sake of it, which is a waste of your hard-earned cash.
Buy a train ticket at the station on the day of travel and the price is likely to give you a shock - especially if you are travelling a long distance at a busy time of day.
However, you can cut the cost of train travel by 50% or more by going online and making the purchase beforehand - especially if you book 12 weeks in advance, which is when the cheapest tickets are on sale.
Other ways to reduce the price you pay include avoiding peak times and taking advantage of so-called carnet tickets, which allow you to buy, for example, 12 journeys for the price of 10.
Most High Street banks offer packaged accounts that come with monthly fees ranging from £6.50 up to as much as £40, with a typical account charging about £15 per month.
Various benefits, such as travel insurance and mobile phone insurance, are offered in return for this fee. But whether or not it is worth paying for them depends on your individual circumstances.