6,800 Starbucks stores are now allowing you to pay by waving your phone
Specifically available for the iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones (no love for Android just yet), the free Starbucks app allows customers to load their accounts with money from sources like a credit card or PayPal. Once they've loaded on some money to their Starbucks account, they can them make payments by simply holding their phones in front of a scanner at a Starbucks register.
So if you frequent Starbucks, and own either a BlackBerry smartphone or iPhone, this new payment process will quickly get you in and out of the store without much wasted time in fumbling around your wallets for cash or a credit card. Although US customers can take advantage of this new payment process right now, there is no word whether it'll be rolled out internationally.
source: NY Times via Textually
1. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
"So if you frequent Starbucks occasionally".... Oxymoron?
Say goodbye to credit cards in the future... phones will do it all. Awesome service!
3. sinfulta (Posts: 269; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
You can already do this with "Rewardcards" app in Android or Iphone. Just buy a preloaded starbucks card and it will place the barcode on the screen and you can scan it not only at Starbucks, but any store that has a discount barcode card. I have CVS, Ralphs, Bestbuy reward zone, Starbucks, Gym membership etc. It's a free app, and you just scroll to whatever card you want scanned. Plus if you scan in the card that you got from starbucks, it auto reloads based on what you chose on your online starbucks account right to your debit/credit card and then you get all the online rewards where you get free coffee every so often. So why would anyone use this when they're has been this better app that does way more for over a year right now. Makes no sense.
2. QrArts (unregistered)
Ah, so this is using Qrcodes. Most of the articles I read today said it was based on NFC.
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