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01-21-2011, 03:48 AM #1
Starbucks Mobile App Lets You Pay with iPhone
The Starbucks Card Mobile app now lets you pay for coffee purchases with an iPhone or iPod Touch. Starbucks launched a pilot program to test the system in 2009 and now the payment system is available nation wide. Nearly 6800 retail locations and over 1000 Target stores are now accepting payments via mobile device. No longer will you have to keep track of those multiple gift cards you got for Christmas. As long as you’ve got your iPhone, you’ll always be able to pay for your coffee.
The Starbucks Card Mobile app has the option of putting in a credit card number or input a gift card number. Your current balance appears on screen when you launch the app. You can also add value to the card using PayPal. If you choose to input a credit card number, however, only the last four digits will appear on screen. The app also features a passcode option for an extra level of security.
To make a purchase, simply launch the app, then tap the “touch to pay” button and a bar code will pop up for the cashier to scan. The purchase is then automatically deducted from your total balance. After that, feel free to over-caffeinate with a Trenta cappuccino (actually the new Trenta size is only available for cold drinks).
Some mobile payment systems require the use of a custom RFID chip either imbedded in the mobile device itself or in an attached case. Starbucks has created a system of payment that works with your current mobile phone and doesn’t require the use of any specialize equipment. Hopefully, this system of payment will catch on and more companies will start using it as well. I know that my iPhone is never too far away from me. What could be easier that launching an app to pay for a caramel macchiato on a hot summer day.
01-21-2011, 03:52 AM #2
01-21-2011, 03:55 AM #3
Sugar Sugar give me Sugar, when's this available in the UK ?
01-21-2011, 04:01 AM #4
I saw this the other day, looks pretty cool. Fast and easy payment for those customers who are regulars. I heard that instead of scanning the bar on your phone they're wanting to use Near Field Communications (NFC) so the customer can make a purchase just by getting in the proximity of the sensors.
Apple's filed patents for RFID- or NFC phones, that still doesn't mean it'll happen, but still, pretty cool stuff out there.
01-21-2011, 04:10 AM #5
Are you serious about this post.
This app or feature is like months old now. I've been using this to pay for my mochas for like the last month in a half now.
01-21-2011, 04:45 AM #6
When the police want to know where someone is, they ask apple.
01-21-2011, 06:44 AM #7
I agree. This app and option has been available in NYC for months now, since the last update.
01-21-2011, 07:02 AM #8
Nahhh, I don't like coffee,, but that's me,.. next!!!!!
01-21-2011, 07:09 AM #9
01-21-2011, 07:13 AM #10
Any idea when hooters will have an app like this?
01-21-2011, 07:22 AM #11
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01-21-2011, 07:33 AM #13
I work at starbucks too and while awesome the downside for us as employees is that were not supposed to touch the phones, the customer is in charge of scanning it. And when you work in an area proliferated with the elderly this can be a little cumbersome, however we break it we buy it so if youre looking to upgrade try handing your phone to a barista who doesnt know better lol
01-21-2011, 07:43 AM #14
I'm confused - why would I want to use this instead of just using my credit card or cash?
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01-21-2011, 08:30 AM #15
01-21-2011, 08:57 AM #16
Aite Group, LLC Report #2011011201
Fact: Use of cash is going down for a variety of reasons.
Fact: A third of Starbucks customers use smartphones
Fact: Smartphone users are easily enticed with bells and whistles and will spend more money if their smartphone lets them do it easily.
But, seriously, we're probably going to see a few more of these things until VISA/Mastercard/AmEx get in on it and make it just as easy to use a phone-app tied to a card. If I could do this with my debit card, that would be great. Unfortunately, we are still behind Europe in the adoption of 'chipped' cards using a PIN for transactions (with each trip to Europe I get more people at restaurants that give me that 'how quaint' look when I tell them they need to 'swipe' my card -- one even needed to get a manager because they didn't know how to do it.)
Until then, I may use this app: I keep getting Starbucks gift cards and I end up leaving them at home, losing them or letting them expire before I use them up. Now I can just key it into the app and toss the card -- I may also have a better idea of how much I have left on the 'card' via the app.
01-21-2011, 09:28 AM #17
01-21-2011, 09:54 AM #18
Useless. It is so much easier for people to whip out that card and hand it to the cashier, without interrupting the call they always seem to be making while in line at Starbucks.
01-21-2011, 11:07 AM #19
I like this idea and hope to be able to use my credit card or debit card like this and also use something like this at the airports as well.... its the future!
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01-21-2011, 12:04 PM #20