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AT&T's LG G3 supports PMA wireless charging, instead of Qi

AT&T's LG G3 supports PMA wireless charging, instead of Qi
So, the LG G3 is now available for purchase from all major carriers in the US. Unfortunately, users who were planning to use the wireless charging functionality are probably left with a bitter taste, since none of the carriers bundle the required accessories with the purchase. In order to be able to wirelessly charge their phone, one must buy a back panel and a mat separately.

AT&T went a step further to inconvenience wireless charging enthusiasts, as its version of the phone supports the PMA standard, rather than the more popular Qi. Of course, this is a natural choice on the carrier's side, since AT&T is a member of the Power Matters Alliance and it would make little sense to see it turn its back on its colleagues and push a hot flagship bearing Qi-support. What this means for AT&T subscribers is that their choice of optional accessories is severely limited, since third-party accessory manufacturers prefer to go the way of the Qi. The choice of mats is down to Duracell-made ones, since the battery manufacturer is another member of the PMA. The choice of a back plate is currently only one – the official Quick Circle case.

But hey – there's a bright side. Starbucks is also a member of the Alliance and is equipping its coffee shops with PMA-standard mats, so if you like to frequent one of the chain's cafeterias – they've got your wireless charging needs covered!

source: Droid Life via Android Community

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posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:54 7

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Go F yourself AT&T.....

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:59

3. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


It's ridiculous that carriers make changes like this to "their version" of a flagship. The LG G3 has Qi wireless charging capability... or does it?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 10:56 3

5. iCloud (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2014)


I got the Verizon version and I am really happy that they didn't change the buttons like the g2. Hate how carriers mess with phones. Just provide service and gtfo.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 12:48

9. Damo579 (Posts: 206; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I totally agree.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 11:46 1

8. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


There should only be one standard Qi.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:58 1

2. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


It's ridiculous that carriers make changes like this to "their version" of a flagship. The LG G3 has Qi wireless charging capability... or does it?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 10:38 1

4. FTWGT86 (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 May 2014)


for the G3 you need to get the LG quick circle case to make it Qi or PMA, it's not built in.

PA, do some research before you post something like this and confuse the folks out there

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 13:05

10. thunder18 (Posts: 116; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


Not in Europe or South Korea. The back on those models is properly equipped with the inductive coil and such necessary for wireless charging.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 13:38

12. FTWGT86 (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 May 2014)


not the Korean model I had. You might have to look at it again, it's only the NFC pad on the back. Anyway, this article is about the ATT variant, and you still need the LG QC case to have either Qi or PMA.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 11:01

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3334; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


It's sad when the only "bright side" is being able to go to a terrible place that sells toxic crap coffee for high prices, just to recharge your phone.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 11:39

7. Omarc07 (Posts: 248; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


just got mines from att so far no complaints .

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 13:16

11. ikenvape (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Not necessarily, Vzw has a QI /Nfc compatible G3 stock backplate on eBay for $29

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