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Wireless Charging Stations for Galaxy SIII Arriving at Verizon Stores?

ZENS may have plans to launch their own third party wireless charging station for the Galaxy SIII sometime soon, but Samsung seems to be on top of their accessories as well. A tipster sent these photos over to Phone Arena and showed that Verizon and Samsung are working towards getting their own chargers ready for primetime.

The anonymous tipster says the charging dock itself was supposed to be listed at $70, but is going to be marked down to $50 instead when they hit the sales floor. The problem is, you need to buy a new back for the phone so that it will work with the station, and the new back for the phone will run you $39 according to the source. $89 before tax to get rid of wires with your Galaxy SIII. ZENS’ kit is supposed to be around $80, which one are you going to choose?

Via: Phone Arena

  • NIKO
  • areffes

    My Verizon store has had those since the S iii launched. The back plate is slightly thicker then the stock one, so none of the cases will fit on. Sucks to have to choose case or wireless charging.

  • Tony Horning

    Here’s a pic of mine. Bought it yesterday at a Verizon store. They were out the Verizon charger pads like the one pictured above.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Just read the article on Phonearena, the backplate is the only thing that is officially from Samsung. The charging pad is a Verizon wireless pad, not Samsungs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.willman Samuel Willman

      Correct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.willman Samuel Willman

    I have that exact mat in my home and it works with my Bionic and Rezound. It can be used with many devices, the phone back is the important part.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nate.ledwith Nate Ledwith

    I would buy a car version of this so I don’t have to stress out the port with those stupid coiled cables or try plugging the phone in while driving.

    • PacoBell

      Huh? The base would still need to be powered, hence the continued need for “those stupid coiled cables.” If you were referring to to the phone’s port, there is the Infuse 4G car dock, currently being sold by AT&T, that works wonderfully with all US S3 variants.

  • Realistic87

    this stuff has to come built in otherwise its never going to catch on, not for prices close to these.

  • Souvik Kar

    it seems pricey now, but if the same charging mat can be used with multiple devices then it will be worth it. I can see keeping a charging mat in a couple of key locations in the house and then I just leave our cellphones/tablets/etc. to get charged. If you need dedicated charger for each device then it is not so useful.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    overpriced… but I will buy 1 of the 2 no doubt

  • fauxshizzl

    Do they both require a case to charge? If so count me out on that alone. Furthermore, I can use my phone while it charges right now plugged in, I would have to leave it on this mat to charge now. All in all, no thanks.

    • David Hussey

      The article states that it’s a new battery cover, not a separate case. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

      • fauxshizzl

        As long as the phone doesnt look or feel any different with said case on it, I drop that complaint.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.willman Samuel Willman

      No, they dont. Just the mat and the battery cover.

  • joe

    Any wireless charging car docks available for any Android phone out there?

    • sc0rch3d

      the GNex has a nice car dock that utilizes the 3 pins on the side. the dock is wired to the cigarette port but the phone can go in and out of the dock without cables. define wireless? :)

    • Tommy Thompson

      Powermat has some, but they are ugly cases you put on your phone to use the pad

  • DigitalEnforcer

    it does seem pretty pointless… why wouldn’t you just get another charging cable for the office if it’s that much of a problem? I’m sure it would be MUCH cheaper than doing this.

  • K. Nelson

    The dock is going to have to come down significantly in price before I bite. I’m sure I’m like most people and have at least 3 places where I charge my phone on a regular basis (bedside, car, work). That means for me to be “truly” wireless I’d have to invest $240 in Samsung hardware. Of course, I’d be even more interested if those mats were “universal” and would play well with over wireless charging solutions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.willman Samuel Willman

      I will sell you mine for $40

  • Soofdawg

    Overpriced.

  • JustTrollin69

    GNEX FOR THE WIN!

    • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

      How is the gnex relevant to this discussion?

      • fauxshizzl

        I am fairly certain if you look at his screen name all will become clear.

  • kevinc

    complete waste of money. it may be “wireless”, but it offers no advantages to plugging your phone in since it can’t leave the mat, in fact that is a disadvantage to it. when i plug in my phone to charge, the cable is long enough to continue charging while i hold it in my hand and use it. you can’t hold the phone to use it and have it continue to charge with these mats.

    • Detonation

      I see at least two major advantages. One, less use/stress on the USB port, and two, it’s a lot easier to just set your phone down on something than have to plug in a cord, which usually requires two hands and light.

      • Liderc

        Agree with Detonation. It can be greatly beneficial. I leave my phone on my desk at least 3-4 hours a day, those could be charging hours instead of decharging hours. Sure I could plug it in EVERY time I answer a call or have to get up with it, but that’s a pain in the ass.

        Hence, where the wireless charging pads come in handy. You drop the phone on your desk and it charges, call comes up ya grab it walk around come back drop it back on the pad. I’ve been waiting since Moto said the Bionic would have this to see these become common place with every phone.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          is “decharging” a word?

          • Liderc

            No, but smart ass is.

          • fauxshizzl

            That would actually be two words..or a compound word at the very least.

          • FortitudineVincimus

            no, that is actually 2 words

      • mikesevenfold

        Two hands, yes. Light? I have had enough life experience to find the hole in the dark…..

        • mikesevenfold

          *experiences

      • David Hussey

        Also agree. Inductive charging is basically the only feature that I miss from my Palm Pre.

    • Tommy Thompson

      It doesn’t say anywhere whether it is inductive or resonance charging. If it’s resonance charging than you should be able to charge it a few feet away from the pad.

    • michael arazan

      Their are rechargeable mats that can recharge any device up to 4-5 devices at a time , as long as they have rechargeable batteries, for $40-60. And it will charge radios and flash lights, never seen it used on a phone battery, and you don’t have to take out the batteries. I remember when they first came out, they product placed it on the tv show stargate universe

    • PatHenry52

      Or if perhaps the phone is pathetically fragile and the stupid usb port breaks and the plugin charger won’t work… Kinda a huge advantage as in it can charge.. period.