Wireless phone charger

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Dr_Pepper
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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by Dr_Pepper » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:35 pm

Some Kodiaq have it built in (possibly edition does?). My SEL didn't. I used the solution as per scratch's reply above. £10 wireless charger works absolutely fine (note - plug into the lighter socket not the USB - it charges faster)

Can't remember the make of my one (if tou searh the forum you might find it) but it was just off Amazon. Watch the size as the other one I have would be too big to fit in the gap in the car.


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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by scratch113 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:56 pm

Also worth getting one with a non-slip finish on both sides. Not sure if this one will fit in the cubby, but worth a try?:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fone-Stuff%C2% ... r+non-slip
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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by FoxtrotAlpha » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:12 pm

LordJellybelly wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:23 pm
This topic has confused me. I charge my iphone with a short USB lead in the cubby space in front of the gear lever. Is there an actual NO WIRE needed facility?
The Edition has the wireless Qi interface but not sure about other models, it was also launched with a signal booster but it has been suggested this has been removed from the U.K. specification and in some cases being removed by dealers.

Of course depending on your iPhone model it will depend if you can use one anyway, Apple have been very late in adopting Qi so unless it’s a newer model then you are stuffed anyway. Another reason why I hate Apple.
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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by Richjt » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:52 am

They have stopped doing the wireless charging option at the moment.


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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by arkaig » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:04 am

Richjt wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:52 am
They have stopped doing the wireless charging option at the moment.
It seems strange that the wireless charging option is available on the Seat Tarraco in the UK yet not available on a Kodiaq, while the option for wireless charging on Kodiaqs is still available in the rest of Europe.

I thought Kodiaqs sold in the UK came with an EU Certificate of Conformity and therefore supposed licensing problems regarding the signal booster should not have been a problem. I believe Skoda UK need to be rather more open as to exactly why the wireless charging option was withdrawn in the UK,
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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by Breizhoubzh » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:23 pm

See the response from Skoda UK:
Thank you for your recent contact with ŠKODA Customer Services.

It is unfortunate that Phonebox with wireless charging has been removed from standard specifications and as an option across the ŠKODA range. I apologise for any concerns you may have regarding this but at this time we have no information about its reinstatement


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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by arkaig » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:18 pm

Breizhoubzh wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:23 pm
See the response from Skoda UK:
Thank you for your recent contact with ŠKODA Customer Services.

It is unfortunate that Phonebox with wireless charging has been removed from standard specifications and as an option across the ŠKODA range. I apologise for any concerns you may have regarding this but at this time we have no information about its reinstatement
That's my point exactly - it only applies to Skoda models in the UK, whereas the phonebox and signal amplifier is still standard fit elsewhere in Europe.
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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by DaveM » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:01 pm

I'm no expert in this, but after a bit of background reading, I learned that:
Use of mobile boosters in the UK is subject to regulation of, and licensing by, Ofcom.
Ofcom announced that they would be allowing certain arrangements for having mobile boosters in cars.
On 12 April 2018, the new arrangements were announced.
They give a limit on power and frequencies involved, but ... they require that a booster deals with boosting the signals of ONLY ONE SUPPLIER. So you can have a Vodaphone booster, or a 3 booster, and so on, but not an all-purpose booster - like Skoda were busy installing!

Ofcom covers the UK, but not the rest of Europe.

Perhaps Skoda haven’t yet sorted out a charger that doesn’t include a booster?
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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by arkaig » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:19 pm

Thanks DaveM, but (without getting into politics) I thought an EU Certificate of Conformity superceded anything from Ofcom at least until such time as the UK has departed the EU.

Is the Skoda signal amplifier specific to Skoda alone or is it a standard VAG product used by other brands seemingly unaffected in the UK, eg Seat, VW, Audi, Porsche, Bentley? I really do not believe SUK have either been open and honest about the problem nor devoted proper resources to find a solution.
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Re: Wireless phone charger

Post by MrTrilby » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:34 pm

My understanding is that licensing of radio frequencies is a specific to individual countries - for example Ofcom get to decide which frequencies Vodafone can use, but that doesn't mean Vodafone can use those same frequencies in France.

Skoda's mobile signal booster was amplifying a range of frequencies, which is legal in other European countries, but happened to include a frequency that it is illegal to use in the UK. Consequently Skoda had to disable the booster for cars sold in the UK. Presumably either SEAT use a newer booster that doesn't use the same frequency, or their wireless charger doesn't include a booster at all. At the time, VW cars were also affected by the same issue. I don't know if they still are.

It was very poorly handled and communicated by Skoda at the time. My dealer was particularly inept in understanding or communicating the issue to me. Even less impressive that they still haven't managed to fix it.

If you search, there were a number of technical documents shared by people on forums that explained the issue in some detail, and provided links to the specific UK regulations that VW/Skoda fell foul of.
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