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Verizon Pushing Wireless Charging with 4G Phones

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Mar 22, 2011, 8:13 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Verizon Wireless has requested - if not required - that phone makers offer Qi wireless charging for most or all of its new LTE 4G phones, Phone Scoop has confirmed. HTC and LG will make Qi-enabled back covers available as accessories for the Thunderbolt and Revolution, respectively. LG today also announced a charging pad, which, since it uses Qi, will work with non-LG phones. Fulton Innovation - which manufactures Qi circuitry - confirmed that "two other manufacturers" (presumably Samsung and Motorola) will announce similar solutions soon for their LTE phones. According to Fulton, some 4G LTE phones coming this year will have Qi built right into the phone, made possible by placing the necessary circuit on the main circuit board, saving space. Qi - pronounced "chee" - is an industry standard for inductive wireless charging. Energizer is also showing off Qi chargers at CTIA

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JestaMcMerv

Mar 22, 2011, 8:18 PM

TouchStone vs Qi

This will be interesting to see how the TouchStone technology that HP (Palm) has and if it is different than the Qi technology.

A wider adoption of wireless charging means we all win.
I'm not completely sold on inductive charging. Heat is a battery's worst enemy. These chargers I have witnessed, cause more heat emulation from the battery. My batteries have met untimely deaths by this.

I'm not familiar with the Qi circuitry. Did...
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i agree, i think wireless charging is nifty.
however, someone will prolly say that every time you charge wirelessly it destroys eleventyfive miles of rain forest or somthing.
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I am a little annoyed by this claim that Verizon is either requesting or requiring that new phones support conductive charging...

1. Let's not forget that for all of our lives that most phones have utilized proprietary chargers requiring a new purc...
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I wonder if this means if smartphones with Qi technology won't have micro-usb ports? I hope not! It's so much easier to carry around a micro-usb charger in my pocket than a charging pad.
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