Dial up Your Espresso – There’s an App for That

by Guest on April 1, 2010

starbucks After a trial that started last September involving only 16 stores across the US, Starbucks announced today that they will be accepting payment for your favorite caffeine fix through an iPhone app at over 1000 stores across the US.  It must have been pretty popular at those 16 stores.

Using a process similar to this one described by Matt a few months ago, you can now turn your iPhone into a Starbucks gift card.  Download the app, enter your information, order your drink – all without touching your wallet.

Starbucks is joining the ranks of other companies that are either providing coupons at retail giants like Target or making check-in easier on American Airlines, generating whisperings that the QR concept might be finally catching on in the states.  With proven performance throughout Japan, it was only a matter of time before it caught on here.

As Jordan wrote a little while ago, mobile banking has been a bit slow to catch on here in Canada, but with this feature being enabled at Starbucks, it’s only a matter of time before you can whip out your phone to pay for your DoubleDouble in your neighborhood Timmy’s!

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Jordan Richardson April 1, 2010 at 4:48 am

I don’t quite get this. Why do people think it’s more convenient to whip out your phone than it is to merely whip out a bank card? Are we actually getting that lazy?

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