Remember when Palm
thought that wireless phone charging was the future
, and then the TouchStone charger never went anywhere? Turns out, wireless charging is apt to only go mainstream once it's truly wireless; having to lay your phone on a dedicated charging pad isn't exactly a major improvement over a standard USB charging cable. That said, Samsung
's offering up a similar option for the small niche that may be interested, and given that it sold
10 million Galaxy S4 handsets in under a month, it stands to gain a lot of extra revenue if even a small fraction of those bite.
The new GS4 charging kit utilizes the Qi wireless charging standard, and provides a new back plate for the phone as well as a charging pad. Set your phone on said pad, and energy is transferred wirelessly. Interested? The plate costs $39.99, while the pad runs $49.99. Something tells us most folks will opt to just keep using the included cable instead of shelling out that much cash.