Already, some McDonald's locations in New York City along with a few dozen more in Europe are testing the Duracell Powermat technology, said Ran Poliakine, Powermat's CEO.
McDonald's and GM were not immediately available for comment.
Specialty coffee retailer The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which has more than 950 stores, is also testing the technology.
Starbucks' decision to launch the free charging spots nationally fills a key void for the on-the-go customer: finding a convenient charging station to revive a dead phone.
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The technology could even influence consumer decisions, Poliakine added.
"If your battery is off and you need a charge, if you have the option to go to Place A with a charging station and Place B with no charging station, clearly it will impact your decision."
—CNBC's Katie Little