The Nokia Lumia 1520 on AT&T is an amazing phone. However, the lack of support for the Qi wireless charging standard is its biggest flag. You remember what happened. AT&T had opted to neuter the device by giving it PMA support through a wireless charging shell. PMA is the other wireless charging standard competing for acceptance. It’s also a standard that AT&T publically supports. They said it couldn’t be undone, that every Lumia 1520 from AT&T would need an accessory to wireless charge. Well, never say never when it comes to the Windows Phone community.
Head into our forums and you’ll find detailed instruction from developer Lance McCarthy (@lancewmccarthy) on how to add internal wireless charging to your Lumia 1520. Lance is well known in the Windows Phone development community. By day he’s a XAML support specialist at Telerik, but he also finds time to be a Nokia Developer Ambassador, a Microsoft MVP and an assistant professor at Harvard.
Lance has just posted detailed instructions on what is probably the thinnest hack to add Qi wireless charging to AT&Ts Nokia Lumia 1520. Here’s all that you’ll need to get Qi wireless charging in your Lumia 1520:
- Original ATT 1520 shell (we'll be using the the PMA flex cable in it)
- Lumia 925 Wireless charging cover
- International Lumia 1520 replacement shell with Qi coil in it
- Some soldering skills required (important, you need to know how much heat to apply and how to pre-tin)
- Kapton tape (or your favorite polymide tape)
- Optional but highly recommended: Multi-meter to test continuity and voltage
- Optional: Liquid nickel conductive pen
That’s it. It’s not the cheapest way to add Qi wireless charging to your Lumia 1520, but it works. Lance has very detailed instructions in the forums with photos. If this is something you’re thinking of doing you’ll want to check it out. This can definitely add some longevity to your Lumia 1520 if you’re on a two-year contract. Hit up the forums for all the info!
Congrats on the transformation Lance!