Apple sold iPhone without a free charger; court strikes $1000 PENALTY

A Brazilian court has ordered the tech giant to pay $1075 for violating consumer law when selling an iPhone without a charger.

Apple recently paid $5,000 Brazilian Real, nearly $1,075, to a customer for selling an iPhone without a free charger in the box. A Brazilian judge has ruled that the tech giant must pay consumers a fee for not including a charger with the iPhone.

According to the country’s Consumer Code (CDC), devices such as a smartphone must include a charger. While it may be sold separately, the separate sale should not be required. According to the report of the local publication Tecmundo, the court ruled: “According to Article 39 of the Consumer Code (CDC), “tie sale” is an abusive and prohibited practice in Brazil, so it is not allowed to sell mobile phones and chargers separately. ” For inexperienced people, Tie-sale refers to the practice of forcing a consumer to buy two products in order to make one of them fully work.

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Therefore, Apple is ordered to pay a fee of more than $1000 after selling an iPhone model and charger separately to a consumer in the city of Goiania.

This is not the first time, but Apple has also been fined for the same reason. Last year, Brazil fined Apple $2 million as punishment for violating consumer law and disrespecting Brazilian customers.

Before that, an Australian court asked Apple to pay a $6.6 million fine for misleading customers who bought their devices between February 2015 and February 2016. In 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a lawsuit in Australian federal court against Apple and its subsidiary after hundreds of customers complained about the “error 53”. Due to the technical glitch, some iPhones and iPads were disabled after users downloaded an iOS update.

Apple later admitted that it refused to repair the devices of at least 275 affected customers in the country because they had already been repaired by a third party.

Apple made the decision to take the charger out of the box in 2020. The tech giant claimed the move is for environmental reasons, as it will save 2 million tons of carbon emissions annually, about 10% of Apple’s annual footprint.

Arun Agarwal
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