Wireless charging is still in its infancy along with NFC i think here in Ireland even though some manufacturers like Nokia and Microsoft have opted to give free wireless charging units with their phones of late,another thing is availability here in Ireland is rather poor and most often again they have to be imported.Not only that other manufacturers that did give chargers away have never been stocked here in retail, Also buying these chargers separately can be expensive which can be off-putting but we are seeing more cheaper ones come on stream.
Aircharge announced an expanded partnership with McDonald’s UK to add 600 wireless charging hotspots at more than 50 McDonald’s restaurants in London and elsewhere.
The expanded rollout comes after a successful initial market test between Aircharge and McDonald’s UK aimed at delivering additional value to customers, while also benefitting the McDonald’s operation.
According to a report from one McDonald’s location, customers were clamoring to access the Qi wireless charging service, prompting many to wait up to 30 minutes so they could.
The Aircharge charging spots were specially designed to be water resistant and easy to wipe clean – perfect for a public environment like a restaurant. And because they’re using Qi, many consumers already have devices that are ready to charge. There are already more than 70 Qi-enable smartphones on the market. During the rollout, Aircharge worked with Desireitnow for data layer support.
Even customers who don’t have a Qi-enabled smartphone can use the provided Aircharge wireless charging receiver. So next time you’re in the UK, make sure you get a wireless charge to go with your chips!
For more information, visit www.air-charge.com
So could this prove usefull here in Ireland,maybe,maybe not but its an interesting move alongside Mc Donalds already offering free Wi-Fi in stores they are helping you stay connected..