Starbucks Contactless Payments Coming Soon – But Not NFC

Do you love your Starbucks coffee but get frustrated when having to either fiddle for change or wait whilst your card payment is processed? Well these little irksome daily rituals could be a thing of the past if you have an iPhone or an iPod touch. Even though NFC is being touted as the way forward for contactless payment, handsets with this technology on board are not widely available and this new feature from Starbucks bypasses this altogether with a mobile app.

 

This mobile payment app works with the Starbucks Card allowing you to link the card to your Apple device so you can simply swipe your phone at the till and pay for your favourite coffee in a flash. The app will allow you to view the balance of your card and you simply scan the unique barcode located at the till and you have paid and can be on your way.

 

The new system is set to roll out in 700 Starbucks outlets in January 2012 so it won’t be long before you get to try it out.

 

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