powermat_charging2Starbucks announced this week that it has reached an agreement with Duracell Powermat to begin offering “free” wireless cell phone recharging for customers at its coffee shops around the country.  The technology allows phones and tablets to be charged by simply laying them on pads, which will be installed in Starbucks counters and tables.  The service does however, require that customers have a special case for their phones.  The cases retail for approximately $20 – $30 each.