Here's another update:
I noticed on the charging cover, the circuit board was slightly curved (poor quality control), so chances are they aren't hitting all the pins on the phone to make good contact. I used a small screwdriver and tried to press it flush. Well that didn't go too well....I only achieved in make one of the contacts off kilter... I got it straight then figured "why not ?" and popped the contact pad off the cover, pressed it flat between my fingers and put it back, not as "sunk in" as OEM.
I snapped it on my phone, put it on the charging pad and lo and behold, my screen says "wireless charger detected" !! It actually charged my phone !!
I decided to order a new cover and keep this one as a emergency backup. I could've been cheesy and returned this one, but that's not how I roll. I tweaked it, I can't return it.
My new cover comes in, I now know what to look for....yep, THIS cover has a curved contact !!
But I know how to safely "lift" the contact pad and flatten it. Now it works every time. Quality Control is NOT #1 with Verizon....
Now I just drop my phone on the pad and it charges. I do like that part, especially if I come home late from work and my wife is asleep; no fumbling with a micro USB cord in the dark.
I did lose my ability to use NFC (which I use every day) as the charging cover does not have the NFC antenna in the cover.
So yeah, I bought it, I used it, I like it, but I may have to resort to using my OEM cover so I can use NFC again......