Starbucks to offer wireless charging
Soon, going to Starbucks won't only give you a burst of caffeine fueled energy, but also, your phone. The coffee botherer announced that they are going to make Powermat’s wireless charging stations available in its shops.
It seems, for the moment, this is only Stateside, but big companies like this tend to roll these things out worldwide if they are deemed a success. It looks like there'll be 10 (or more) Powermat Spots, where you can charge up your phone by the power of witchcraft.
Starbucks were one of the first big companies to offer wifi as standard, which saw their profits rocketing as consumers chose their coffee by being able to work or look at dirty pictures on Tumblr. This could well be the latest thing that other companies will copy, which is good news for those tottering down the High Street.
However, there's one small problem - what if your phone isn't compatible with wireless charging? Well, a number of phones are, such as the LG G3, Nexus 5 and variety of Nokia handsets. If you want to use wireless charging stations, you might have to buy a compatible case for your phone.
That said, if you're likely to be in Starbucks with any frequency, then you'll be thrilled to learn that it won't break the bank to buy one of the tiny receiver rings that plug into your phone. There's also back covers for some Samsung phones that allow wireless charging.
In the stores themselves, there'll be Powermat Spots, which are small circles that are implanted in tables and counters. This could be a real winner for Starbucks, so expect to see their rivals jumping on the bandwagon very soon.