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Wireless Charging Arrives at 200 Starbucks Locations in California

That Pumpkin Spice Latte now comes with a side of cord-free charging.


Starbucks is officially moving ahead with its plans to rollout wireless charging mats in partnership with AT&T. In June, the company announced that it would install Powermat Spots — which are small circular charging pads that are seamlessly implanted in tables and counters — at stores in San Francisco and the Bay Area before expanding to other markets in 2015. According to a press release, there are now Powermat wireless charging stations in around 200 of its SF and Bay Area locations.

Currently, only certain mobile devices are compatible with the technology. To circumvent that issue, the Starbucks locations are selling Powermat "rings" which "instantly upgrade any phone to wireless charging compatibility." The rings are being offered for purchase for $9.99 or can be borrowed for free during each visit.

The company plans on bringing Powermat spots to other markets in 2015 and will eventually do a full rollout at all Starbucks and Teavana locations nationwide.

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