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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12 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Go F yourself AT&T.....

3. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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?

5. iCloud

Posts: 124; Member since: May 15, 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.

9. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

I totally agree.

8. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

There should only be one standard Qi.

2. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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?

4. FTWGT86

Posts: 10; Member since: May 06, 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

10. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

12. FTWGT86

Posts: 10; Member since: May 06, 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.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

7. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

just got mines from att so far no complaints .

11. ikenvape

Posts: 307; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

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