Nokia bringing wireless charging to Virgin, Coffee Bean

The handset maker announces partnerships to place wireless charging stations in coffee shops and airport lounges.

Nokia Lumia 920 wireless charging
Nokia will help bring wireless charging to shops and airport lounges. Sarah Tew/CNET

Nokia is taking wireless charging one step further.

Its new Lumia 920 comes with wireless charging using the Qi (pronounced "chee") standard , which is found in other products like some BlackBerry devices and third-party inductive chargers.

Nokia knows it isn't enough to integrate Qi, but that it also has to provide the ecosystem for people to use it. To that end, Nokia has partnered with Virgin Atlantic and the coffee chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to begin seeding wireless charging stations in airport lounges (London's executive lounge at first) and coffee shops.

In addition, Nokia is working with a multitude of wireless charging companies like FatBoy to advertise and offer in-home wireless charging accessories, including their own branded dock.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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