Wireless Device Chargers: Right Idea, Wrong Price
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J. Nicholas Hoover
J. Nicholas Hoover,
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2/19/2013 | 8:24:05 PM
re: Wireless Device Chargers: Right Idea, Wrong Price
I agree with most of your points, but you can buy a micro USB charger with cable on Amazon for $0.32 plus shipping, or less than $6 with shipping included. If you are paying $30, you are getting ripped off.
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2/13/2013 | 9:30:26 PM
re: Wireless Device Chargers: Right Idea, Wrong Price
Yes, the price is a bit high,but if I have to replace my micro USB charger, it will likely cost me $30. Additionally, I keep breaking the cable because I pick up the phone and forget that it is plugged in. New USB cables cost me about $10 per year. I don't believe that I would have that same problem with a wireless charger. Additionally, the Google device slants the phone so it can be used as a clock while sleeping. The cost is a bit high, but it really isn't as bad as you imply.
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2/13/2013 | 7:20:57 PM
re: Wireless Device Chargers: Right Idea, Wrong Price
There are a lot of different implementations in the Qi specification, and there are many solutions that offer spatial freedom (such as the Nokia charging pad). I don't think you quite understand the freedom that is available for manufacturers to implement solutions under the Qi standard.

In terms of cost, there have been several reports that Samsung backed out of a A4WP solution and opted for a Qi solution because A4WP was too expensive.

I think at the end of the day, this technology needs to be cheap enough to build directly into phones. I think you're seeing the cost point of Qi come down as the technology is built into devices such as HTC DNA, HTC 8X, Nokia Lumina 920, Nexus 4, etc... Then a charging accessory that will continue to be compatible for years to come will not seem so expensive.
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2/12/2013 | 6:50:57 PM
re: Wireless Device Chargers: Right Idea, Wrong Price
I don't see Apple listed as a member of either camp. I guess they will develop their own appoach, and you can bet it will cost more than $50. Paul Travis, InformationWeek

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