recharge in more ways than one
The aggravating search for an open electric outlet at Starbucks is finally coming to an end. The coffee chain will announce today the national roll out of wireless phone charger pads, starting with its locations in San Francisco. More than 100,000 table chargers will be installed across its 7,500 company-owned locations (about a dozen per store, notes USA Today) over the next three years.
Starbucks hopes the high-tech gadgetry will lure customers into staying long enough for another pumpkin spice latte, Chonga bagel, or what have you. The pads will be free to use, regardless. Although this sounds like a game changer, not all phones have wireless charging capabilities at the moment. Depending on the device, an additional accessory will be needed — but, luckily, the chain will be happy to sell you one of those too, in the future.