Brazil Prohibits Apple from Selling Chargerless iPhones
The Brazilian government announced on September 6 that the American technology company, Apple, has been barred from selling iPhones in the country without a charger.
The government also stated that the company has been fined more than $2 million for the violation. According to sources, the government accused the company of selling 'discriminatory practices'.
Brazil expressed dissatisfaction with Apple's decision to stop including chargers with the release of the iPhone 12 and responded by prohibiting local sales of iPhones without chargers.
Along with suspending some iPhone sales, Brazil's Ministry of Justice and Public Security ordered Apple to pay a $2.4 million fine and revoked the iPhone 12's registration with Anatel, the country's telecommunications agency.
An official notice from the Brazilian authorities stated that "the immediate suspension of the distribution of iPhone brand smartphones, regardless of model or generation, that is not accompanied by a battery charger".
Apple has previously received fines from Brazilian state authorities, but the statement added that it made no efforts to mitigate "the harm and has continued to sell the cellular devices without chargers."
On September 6, Apple announced that it will appeal the Brazilian order prohibiting it from selling iPhones without a battery charger.
The authorities rejected Apple's claim that the practice was intended to reduce carbon emissions, claiming that there is no evidence that selling the smartphone without a charger provides environmental benefits.
Apple said it would continue to work with Senacon, the Brazilian consumer protection agency, to "resolve their concerns," and that it would appeal the decision.
"We have already won several court rulings in Brazil on this matter and we are confident that our customers are aware of the various options for charging and connecting their devices," Apple stated.