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McDonald’s to Bring Wireless Charging to More Than 50 U.K. Restaurants

by Killian Bell | January 8, 2015January 8, 2015 4:00 am PST


McDonald’s has announced plans to offer wireless charging for smartphones and other devices in more than 50 restaurants across the U.K. using Aircharge technology. Customers will be able to place Qi-compatible devices on a pad on their table and top up while they fill up on Big Macs and fries.

The move comes after Aircharge and McDonald’s carried out a successful market test in a small number of U.K. locations, one of which says customers were “clamoring” to use its wireless charging pads, “prompting many to wait up to 30 minutes” to gain access to one.

The wider rollout will see a total of 600 wireless charging hotspots integrated into more than 50 McDonald’s restaurants up and down the country. The specially-designed pads are built to be water-resistant and easy to wipe clean.

And don’t worry if you don’t have a Qi-compatible device; Aircharge sells its own wireless charging cases¬†and receivers, which add Qi functionality to devices that use micro USB and Lightning cables — such as the iPhone — that don’t have wireless charging built-in as standard.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...