You Asked, We Answered: What is Wireless Phone Charging?

Wireless chargers are a handy accessory that can be used with many newer smartphones. With wireless charging, you simply plop your phone on a mat and walk away, free from the need to fumble with frustrating cables. It makes charging easy. 

One thing to know about the name: wireless phone charging isn’t entirely wireless—you still need to plug the charging pad into a power outlet. But you don’t need to physically plug a cable into your phone. The advantage is that it’s much easier to power up, as you don’t have to plug and unplug each time – you just place your device on top of your wireless charging pad. In addition, most wireless charging devices are compact and portable, so they take up minimal space on a desktop or table in addition to making handy travel companions.

Wireless charging technology has been adopted as a standard feature on newer, high end smartphones by many major cellphone manufacturers. Apple has included wireless charging on their latest iPhone models beginning with the iPhone 8, and Samsung has done so for several years now, starting with their Galaxy S7 model. Samsung even includes a feature called PowerShare on certain models, allowing a smartphone to act as a wireless charger to another compatible device simply by placing the two back-to-back. 

For the technologically curious, wireless charging relies on magnetic induction, using an electrical current to generate a magnetic field which creates voltage to power your phone without plugging a wire into it. As a result, you don’t need to get a wireless charger made by the same company as your phone. For instance, Samsung wireless chargers will work just fine with iPhone models, and vice versa.

If you already have a device that supports wireless phone charging, I’m sure you’re enjoying being “disentangled” from charging cords, or having to hunt down a cord that matches your phone’s specific charger input. And if not, I recommend keeping this great feature in mind when you start looking for your next phone.

16 Thoughts on "You Asked, We Answered: What is Wireless Phone Charging?"

  1. Helen Brown says

    Sound great!!!!

    reply to Helen

  2. Mary Mascetta says

    Will this work with a jitterbug 2 phone

    reply to Mary

    • That’s a great question, Mary. If your phone is unlocked from all providers and can take a SIM card, it may work with our service. We cannot guarantee all models of phones are compatible with our network but our agents will do all they can to see if we can get it working.

      reply to Jacob

  3. Sharon Williams says

    Can’t you expand it a little longer because I need a cell phone where I won’t have to pay a lot of money

    reply to Sharon

  4. Nick says

    If I travel intentionally it’s work

    reply to Nick

  5. Gregory L Strong says

    Do you have physical stores to visit?

    reply to Gregory

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great question, Gregory! We do partner with select stores to sell our phones. You can find all of our retail partners and the phones that they offer with our service here.

      reply to Nicole

  6. Mark says

    When will you be getting the Note 10?

    reply to Mark

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Mark, we don’t have any news at this time regarding whether or not we’ll offer the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. If we begin to offer the phone, then our website will be updated here.

      reply to Nicole

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