Starbucks Begins Rolling Out Wireless Charging Stations

Starbucks has teamed up with Duracell to bring Powermat wireless charging with a nationwide rollout in 2015

Charge up your phone on the go at Starbucks. Why couldn't your local grocery store have this feature too?

No more worrying about your IPhone running out of battery when you’re out an about! Starbucks, in partnership with Duracell, is starting to roll out wireless charging stations called Powermats. You just place your phone on the charging pad placed on top of Starbucks counters and tables, and charge your phone or other electronic device without worrying about finding an electrical outlet or untangling your wires.

So far the technology is being tested in the San Francisco area, expanding to Boston and San Jose, with a full rollout expected to come to the rest of America, Europe and Asia by the end of 2015.

“Rather than hunting around for an available power outlet, they can seamlessly charge their device while enjoying their favorite food or beverage offering right in our stores,” said Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at Starbucks. “We’re now expanding this offering nationally to provide our customers a quality and reliable experience as they use our stores as their respite, their office away from home or as a gathering place with their friends and family.”

Right now the technology is only compatible with AT&T, Blackberry, HTC, Huawei, LG, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, TI and ZTE devices.

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