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Starbucks rolls out wireless charging pilot in ten London stores

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Coffee chain Startbucks has announced it has introduced wireless charging pads in 10 of its London cafes.

As the name suggest, wireless charging facility will let people charge their smartphones and tablets without the need of cables, courtesy of Powermat integration. People will just need to plug a magnetic wireless charging ring into their smartphone or tablet and place them onto the charging matt to charge them.

Customers will have the option to either borrow the charging ring from Startbucks or buy their own one for £10.
Princes Street, Kingsway, Wardour Street, Pentonville Road, Harewood Place, Berkeley Street, Great Portland Street, Moorgate, Fleet Street and Euston Tower are among the ten Starbucks London stores to get the wireless charging service before the end of the month.

“We have always tried to anticipate our customers’ needs and innovate with technology to provide even more convenience,” said Ian Cranna, Strabucks’ vice president of marketing and category for EMEA.

“Our partnership with Powermat demonstrates Starbucks response to an increasing need to stay connected whilst on the go. We’re delighted to be the first to launch Powermat wireless charging in ten London stores and look forward to customers being able to charge their phones wirelessly in many more stores soon.”

Carlo Chiarello, Powermat’s chief solutions officer said “We are excited to bring Powermat wireless charging to the UK on the heels of our very successful rollout in the San Francisco market.”

“As Powermat continues to deploy wireless charging across the United States and expands beyond US borders, Starbucks customers are among the first to benefit from this new convenience and added value.”

McDonalds also recently announced the roll out of Qi wireless charging feature in 50 restaurants across the UK.