1.19.2011

Starbucks Mobile Payments


Just read an interesting article on Mashable.

Starbucks is officially accepting mobile payments through iPhone, iPod touch & blackberry through the Starbucks Card Mobile app. I'm disappointed that it isn't out through the Android market but there is one through the App Brain market for those of you interested with an Android phone. Until Starbucks releases an official one for Android I will test it out with my iPod touch through Starbucks' free wi-fi.

 Starbucks Card Mobile is an app that you can download where you can add Starbucks cards, track rewards and reload cards via PayPal or credit card (debit card too I’m assuming). This app is pretty nifty since all you need to do is press the pay button and hold up a barcode to a scanner at the register instead of opening your wallet, counting out cash or handing over your card.

I thought this would make waiting in line nonexistent but it seems as though the “paying” process is just shortened. Obviously every customer will not be using mobile payments so you may well be still waiting in a long line if you are the only person using this app to pay. The benefit would be eliminating any Starbucks cards and gift cards you may have fattening up your wallet as well as easy access to your Starbucks account.

So I guess if I forget my purse or wallet somewhere, I won’t starve if I have my phone with me. Nice to know!

Will you be trying this out any time soon?

3 comments:

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thanks for stopping by! It's awesome to see a fellow TPFer who shifted gears to SAVING like me! I'll def check back to see your progress :)
-Mary

fabulouslyfrugirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is a nifty idea, but I won't be using it any time soon, even if I had a smartphone.

I find the more separation there is between cash and the product you're buying, the less it feels like I am spending money. The easiest example is cash vs credit card. Physically taking out $160 in cash to pay for my haircut and bus token was much harder than just charging it to my card.

outofmoneyexperience said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Although I can see the allure, this is so not for me. Like FabFruGirl, I like to physical pay for things - i live on a cash budget.

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