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This article was published on January 8, 2015


    Big Mac with Qis? Wireless charging comes to 50 McDonalds restaurants in the UK

    Big Mac with Qis? Wireless charging comes to 50 McDonalds restaurants in the UK
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    Burger-chomping McDonalds customers in the UK will soon get the opportunity to wirelessly charge their Qi-compliant (pronounced ‘Chee’) smartphones while in the company’s restaurants, thanks to an extended deal with Air Charge.

    The good news: There will be more than 600 individual wireless chargers awaiting (completely free) use.

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    The bad news: Those 600 charging spots will be spread across only 50 of the company’s restaurants in the UK, with many of them in London. In total, there are more than 1,200 McDonalds in the UK, so the chances of randomly walking into one with a Qi charger seems quite low.

    The Wireless Power Consortium said in a post that in a test of the technology, customers waited up to 30 minutes to use the chargers; presumably by that point their meal was long gone, or very cold.

    ➤ Consumers are loving it: McDonald’s to add 600 Qi wireless charging spots in the UK

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