Starbucks to Offer Wireless Charging Pads

Starbucks to Offer Wireless Charging Pads
Matt Rourke/AP
NEW YORK -- Soon you may not have to fumble or fight for a power outlet to charge your phone at your neighborhood Starbucks.

Starbucks (SBUX) and Duracell say they are rolling out Powermat wireless charging devices in stores in San Francisco. The charging spots will expand into other major markets in 2015, and the companies plan to put the devices in all Starbucks and Teavana locations over time.

The companies say stores will have "Powermat Spots," designated areas on tables and counters where customers can put their smartphones and charge them wirelessly.

Some Starbucks locations in Boston and San Jose already have Powermat devices.

Powermat makes the equipment. It formed a joint venture with Duracell in 2011. Duracell is a unit of Procter & Gamble (PG).

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As a barista at a Starbucks in the Southeast I can tell you this is a nice idea in theory but in reality it's stupid as spit. The stores already put up with 'creepers' who come in and lay claim to the tables so they can study, write or try to look important and the majority of them order NOTHING and stay all day. It's not fair to paying regular customers and this is only going to worsen the problem. How can they do this and be testing not letting people just 'sit' in stores during peak time in the northeast? Stick to coffee and stop trying to be all things to all people already.

June 12 2014 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Shameless stories such as this are a fraud. The Internet is NOT going to disappear. Certainly not any time soon. Trying to get people to believe this crapola in nothing more than an advertising scam. Huffington should be ashamed of allowing this kind of story on the pages. Scare tactics to try and induce gulllible people to invest in their company. Where is the FCC or the US Attorney General when things like this keep occuring?

June 12 2014 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply