Expands payment system by mobile phone nationwide
The mobile payment system Starbucks has been testing in a few stores in Seattle, New York and Silicon Valley is going national, according to Brier Dudler at seattletimesnwsource.com.
Starbucks is announcing it has expanded the "pay by phone" program to 6,800 of its stores, plus more than 1,000 outlets inside Target stores. It began testing the system at a few stores in September 2009.
To use the system, Starbucks cardholders load an application onto their iPhone or BlackBerry smartphones that displays a bar code scanned at the register to pay for drinks. Users can also manage Starbucks accounts and find nearby stores with the application.
With the launch, Starbucks claims to be operating the largest mobile payment program in the country, giving millions of cardholders a fast way to pay for their jolt and a muffin.
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