McDonalds in the UK installs 600 wireless charging hotspots

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McDonalds has announced that it is adding “Qi” wireless charging hotspots to 50 restaurants in the UK.

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In partnership with hotspot makers AirCharge, the company will be rolling out chargers in branches in London “and elsewhere”. Qi wireless chargers are backed by the Wireless Power Consortium – which has already has its technology in a number of devices, including the latest Google Nexus phone. The push by McDonalds will be a vote of confidence in the tech – which is currently engaged in a battle with a newly merged rival wireless charging alliance, which currently uses incompatible technology.

It should be a win for all involved too: McDonalds “adds value” and can entice more customers through the doors, it is a useful service for customers, and it helps raise the profile of still new wireless charging technology.

If I was a better write I’d now make some sort of horrible pun about how “I’m charging it”.

James O’Malley