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  1. Colonel Rafiki's Avatar
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    What are the chances of Nokia launching wireless charging covers for the Lumia 620?

    I think that having these available would be hugely advantageous. They'd be an optional extra, so the low price of the handset wouldn't have to change, and users who want the added flexibility could pay a little more for a charging cover.

    The added benefit, particularly for the Lumia 620, is that the relatively-small battery could easily be kept topped up. Just put the phone down on the wireless charger each night and hey presto, you're likely to never run out of battery. It would also help maintain continuity across the range - households with a 920, 820 or 620 could all charge using the same wireless pads.

    I've been toying with the idea of buying a Lumia 620 for the wife, but the lack of wireless charging is putting me off. If Nokia releases optional wireless charging covers, I'd definitely buy one.
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    This would be very usefull option to have. For example I have Lumia 920 and I have already invested on wireless stand and Fatboy. Now we are looking a phone for my girlfriend and Lumia 620 would be quite perfect for her. Now, if there would be wireless charging cover as an option, she wouldn't need to even invest on wireless charing pads or anything as I have already filled the house with those.

    Also planning to buy JBL power up but 299€ price tag still on the high side.
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    I don't think it will be possible, just because in the center of the cover is located the NFC chip, so i think there isn't physical space to put the wireless charging in the cover
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    I'm hoping for the same thing. Would be a shame if it won't be possible at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by giuseppe di spirito View Post
    I don't think it will be possible, just because in the center of the cover is located the NFC chip, so i think there isn't physical space to put the wireless charging in the cover

    Where does it say that NFC is in middle of the cover? Sound a bit strange place for NFC? Below is tear-down of the phone. To me the cover actually looks like there is place already for Wireless coil?

    Nokia Lumia 620 goes under the knife, shows us what is underneath

    Also here in Nokias website it shows that NFC is somewhere near top of the phone (as it should be).

    http://www.nokia.com/my-en/support/p...E_FILE001.html
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    thanks CaptDjob, you give hope for the future :D
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    There was also a Q&A with Anssi Hakkarainen from Nokia's Product Marketing Team a few weeks back, in which this question was posed:

    Q: Will aftermarket covers with inductive charging be available/supported?
    A: At the moment no plans for wireless charging shell for Nokia Lumia 620.

    The signs aren't good, but the term 'at the moment' provides a bit of hope. Still, having made wireless charging an integral feature of the Lumia range, it seems strange not to offer it as an option on the 620.

    Source: Your Lumia 620 Questions Answered! : My Nokia Blog
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptDjob View Post
    Where does it say that NFC is in middle of the cover? Sound a bit strange place for NFC? Below is tear-down of the phone. To me the cover actually looks like there is place already for Wireless coil?

    Nokia Lumia 620 goes under the knife, shows us what is underneath


    Also here in Nokias website it shows that NFC is somewhere near top of the phone (as it should be).

    Nokia Lumia 620 User Guide - NFC - Nokia - Malaysia
    I'm happy to be wrong!That's a good news
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    I think I can see that the Lumia 620 will have a long life through the future, and Nokia may really consider putting the wireless charging feature into the Lumia 620 as Nokia themselves claimed they want to make wireless charging as a standard feature in the near future across the Lumia family. I didn't remember exactly where I read that from, I think from the Nokia Conversations blog but yeah there is some hope to see the wireless charging technology to end up in this Nokia Lumia 620.

    Despite the NFC thingy and all at the back, there may be some space left to acquire the wireless charging coil on the cover of the Lumia 620. If I remember correctly, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was supposed to have a wireless charging feature but didn't make it to the actual unit. My friend whose using the S3 told me the coil is available as an add-on, it's slim and it fits on top of the battery of the S3 despite the phone's thickness and voila, you have a wireless charging feature for the S3. Hopefully this also made it to the Lumia 620.
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    If you saw removable covers and hoped that the 620 would benefit from the same wireless charging plates we saw in the 820, we've got some bad news -- Nokia has said it's not likely to happen.
    Source: Nokia confirms Windows Phone 7.8 coming to the UK today, prices Lumia 620 at 149.99

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    That's a rather old source mate. Anyway we can always hope
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    Any news on this? Would sure love to get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete fin View Post
    Any news on this? Would sure love to get one.
    i dont think the 620 was even designed with that option in mind. to have a easily installable cover it would require easy-access contacts for the charger.

    the best chance you guys probably have is through a fancy hack. (a la 521 Qi hack, the multitude of Palm Touchstone mods back in the day, for the Lumia 800, some HTC phones...)
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    With a simple hack you can make it work!

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