6,800 Starbucks stores are now allowing you to pay by waving your phone

6,800 Starbucks stores are now allowing you to pay by waving your phone
After successfully running trials in various markets across the country that include Seattle, New York City, and Northern California, Starbucks announced today its 6,800 stores nationwide will now allow accept payments from cellphones.

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


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