Jan 19, 2011

News: Starbucks - Mobile Payments Now Available Nationally

Today marks the rollout of mobile payments at Starbucks nationally. If you own an iPhone, an iPod Touch or Blackberry, you can now use a Starbucks Card Mobile app to pay at Starbucks with your phone instead of a card.

If you have an Android, you'll have to wait a bit as they're still working on the Android app but it should be available soon.

The Starbucks Card Mobile app was previously limited to test markets in New York, Seattle, northern California, and Target. That's right. Target. All 1,000 plus Starbucks locations in U.S. Target stores were part of the test.

To use the app, you just open it, press "touch to pay," and scan the barcode that appears on your phone. You can also manage your "My Starbucks Reward" account via the app. Basically you can do anything you could normally do by signing onto the Starbucks website but without having to navigate to and sign on to the Starbucks website.

The national program encompasses nearly 6,800 U.S. company-owned Starbucks locations and more than 1,000 Starbucks locations within U.S. Target stores.

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