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AT&T’s LG G3 Ditches Qi Wireless Charging, Uses PMA Wireless Charging

July 18, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

AT&T’s LG G3 has something that other G3’s do not have, or is that it doesn’t have something other G3’s have? Well the gist of it is that the AT&T LG G3, the D850, does not do Qi wireless charging. Instead they decided to use another wireless charging standard – really wish everyone would stick to just one standard, everyone agree? They choose PMA wireless charging. What this means is that you can charge your LG G3 from AT&T at Starbucks, because they have bought into the PMA wireless charging standard. Which also works with the Duracell Powermats. While it’s not great for most of us, it is something that AT&T is deeply in bed with.

This isn’t the first device from AT&T that doesn’t support Qi and supports PMA. All of the Nokia Lumia devices on AT&T are the same way actually. For those that have used a Nokia Lumia on AT&T, you’ll know all about this. What this means is that your choices for wireless charging your AT&T LG G3 are limited, and you’ll be forced to buy another wireless charger, if you already have a few Qi wireless chargers like I do. Here are some from Amazon.

While it does suck, because most of us have been using Qi wireless chargers for quite some time now – ever since the Nexus 4 came out in 2012. We shouldn’t be surprised. As carriers usually change parts of a phone, especially with LG. Some of you may remember last year Verizon’s LG G2 looked completely different from the other G2’s, and had wireless charging. This year, Verizon did change their G3 a bit as well, it’s not all black actually. But additionally, AT&T changed the charging standard in their variant as well.

How many of you picked up the AT&T LG G3? Were you hoping to use your Qi wireless charger with your brand new LG G3? Let us know in the comments below.