Would it make sense to combine a smartphone and a tablet in a single sales package to save costs and waste?

Aditya Salve April 14, 2013
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I’ve got this strange idea… Wouldn’t it be great if companies decided to bundle a smartphone and a tablet in a single package, which could help reduce the cost and electronic waste?

For example, a hypothetical Apple package would contain:

iPad with Retina Display
iPhone 5
Lightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter
Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

For a diverse ecosystem like Samsung, this works even better… USB connector, Power Adapter, a microSD Card and a stylus would suffice, assuming the package contains a Galaxy Note 2 and a Galaxy Note 8.0.

Though the cost benefits may not be huge, it could help reduce the problem of electronic waste.  Customer gets cost benefit and the manufacturer gets the customer hitched to their eco system.

Isn’t it a win-win situation for both?

  1. susendeep dutta
    April 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    One must think about saving our environment and companies need to design their products in such a way so as to be able to recycle them properly.Some companies are only making recyclable packaging but they need to extend it to their devices too.

    I think,your idea would scale to larger extend if Samsung builds its tablets with good quality and show aggression in competing with others especially Apple.

  2. Manuth Chek
    April 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    That would create something we call "phablets", which is a HUGE phone with tablet capabilities and VERY beefy hardware, something like the Galaxy Note II. IMO, I would give it a thumbs down.

  3. Oron Joffe
    April 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Yes, it would make sense for us to have a single contract which we could associate to a number of SIMS (not just for mobile/tablet combos, also for families with multiple phones etc). That said, the interest of mobile providers is to overprovide, and to charge for everything offered (which you won't often use). That is why mobile providers are pushing their high-end contracts so keenly, and why Samsung have had a lot of success with their phablets.

  4. Dave Parrack
    April 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    That's not a bad idea, especially, as you noted, with operating system loyalty and ecosystems meaning once you snare someone they're likely to buy more similar products.