This is a deal I’ve seen in other countries before, and now it’s available for a limited time in Australia. Like I said it’s a limited deal, first condition you will have had to purchase your new handset between the First of April, and the Thirty First of May 2013. Not so hard, but what will you get if you claim the deal?
If you have the Lumia 920 you can claim a free Nokia Wireless Charging Plate, valued at $69.95, and is available in colours that will match your phone, or you can mix it up if you want.
The deal for the Lumia 820 offers even more dollar value, a free Wireless Charging Shell, and a Wireless Charging Plate, valued at $109.90. You can claim your accessories until the Fourteenth of June 2013.
Not since the Palm Pre, have we seen this feature flaunted, and it’s definitely not something that you would sneeze at in a new device. Sadly the Pre and it’s Touchstone charging technology, never made it big. A feature that many of us would pay for, wireless charging, is still a thing of science fiction to many of us. Three years down the road from the Pre, it looks like “sans cable” may be the new hot selling point for the Samsung Galaxy S III. In the world of smartphone hardware, where processors are rivalling laptop hardware, with dual and quad core processors, will wireless charging be a novel differentiator. Windows Phone’s/Zune’s wireless sync feature, it makes a perfect companion for WP devices. So it seems a little obvious, that a user put one and one together, and came up with a way to modify the Lumia 800 hardware to add wireless charging. Mind you it’s not for the feint hearted, both the 800 and 900, do not give the impression that they are easily torn down.
If you are using PAYG [pay as you go], or Pre Paid as we call it in Australia, you often have limits to data, which once topped out, will cost you a fortune in excess charges. SPB Wireless Monitor is one of those applications that will watch your data usage, and inform you when you go over limits you set within the app itself. Until now it has only been available for Windows Mobile devices, So it’s nice to see it come to Android. For the purpose of this review, I’m using the final release candidate, so installation was through the .apk file which I emailed to myself as an attachment, and installed. Normally you would go to the Android Market and download it from there. It has a very small footprint on the device.