Nokia: free Lumia 920 wireless charging pad for Yahoo workers

This past weekend, a internal Yahoo memo was leaked to the Internet that announced that the company was going to give its full and part-time employees the choice of five current or upcoming smartphones for free. The deal includes paying for their employees' data and phone bills. One of them was the Windows Phone 8-based Lumia 920 from Nokia, which won't be released until sometime later this fall.

Today, Nokia itself sweetened the Yahoo offer with one of their own. In a Twitter message, Nokia's Media Relations head Doug Dawson stated, "Yahoo! employees: we'll include a wireless charging plate with your Lumia 920. ."

There's no word on which wireless charging plate Nokia will give to the Yahoo team members if they choose the Lumia 920. The company showed off a number of models during the Lumia 920 press event in New York City earlier this month. The choices include a basic wireless charging plate, a wireless charger that allows the user to continue to access the smartphone while standing it up vertically, and the comfy looking Nokia wireless charging pillow from Fatboy.

JBL will also released a speaker for the Lumia 920, shown above, that has wireless charging support.

Source: Doug Dawson Twitter page

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If the picture on the front page is what the actually device looks like then they really messed up, its the same as those cheap add-ons. They should have made it like the palm pre at an angle so you can place it on your desk or bedside and actually be able to read it and look at it like its a clock. I hope it at least has magnets like the pre did to automatically line it up.

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the only way I see a charging pad worth while is if there are several devices that use it. Otherwise it is larger than just using a cable and wallwart to charge.

funkydude said,

To you, anything that isn't Google is desperation.

nope but microsoft and the WP oems almost have to give these devices out for free.

smooth3006 said,
nope but microsoft and the WP oems almost have to give these devices out for free.

Google handouts at IO are what then? (or with Google fiber thing)

Yup. I was looking at Nokia's website the other day and the charging plate was clearly designated as a separate accessory.

Biohead said,
You mean you have to buy the charging pad separately?
I thought I read it was included with the 920, but I can't find the article so I may be thinking of something else.

If it is included, maybe the offer is to sweeten the pot so they have a charger in the office and at home. I have one in the office for my phone and only use it when I have forgotten to charge my phone. I use it maybe once a month, but it's convenient to have on hand.

*EDIT*
.Neo appears to have confirmed that I was thinking of something else and the charging plate is not included. My bad.

.Neo said,
Yup. I was looking at Nokia's website the other day and the charging plate was clearly designated as a separate accessory.

It's based on some standard so I guess you don't have to buy from Nokia. Although Nokia should be smart and price it aggressively read: cheap!

The Nokia 360 Bluetooth speaker is phenomenal. I'm betting they will be going the extra mile on accessories. The streets of Honolulu are alive with Iphone accessories Kiosks. They're (Nokia)not stupid. What was stupid was the lack of a standard port location for the purpose of accessories, for all this time. I also see no reason to not put out a watch sized music player. There is no reason to not tap in to that market.