Recharging your cellphones have just gotten a whole lot easier thanks to Starbucks. The coffee franchise has teamed up with Duracell and Powermat and announced
that they will begin rolling out wireless phone chargers to Starbucks and Teavana locations.
Stores in San Jose, California and Boston areas have already been equipped with "Powermat Spots"--designated areas where customers can place their mobile device to charge. Expansions have been planned through 2015.
“Rather than hunting around for an available power outlet, (customers) 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.
Ran Poliakine, CEO of Powermat Technologies says that every smartphone and tablet currently on the market is compatible with the charging stations. However, some smartphones haven't quite caught up with the technology and may not be hardwired to pick up the wireless signal.
For that, users will have to buy one of two accessories. A ring
, which plugs into the Powermat port or a compatible charging case, both are available through Powermat.
The new Powermat Spots will be another step that propels Starbucks into next level of consumer technology. In addition to customer convenience, the wireless stations will consume less energy because they use DC power instead of the traditional AC power
The companies are making plans to launch
a similar program at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shops in the Los Angeles area.
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