Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Now at Starbucks: Buy a Latte By Waving Your Phone - NYTimes.com

Not waiting for NFC, apparently

Owners of BlackBerrys, iPhones or iPod Touches can use them to pay by downloading the free Starbucks Card app and holding their phones in front of a scanner at Starbucks cash registers. The money is subtracted from their Starbucks account, which they can load with credit cards or, on iPhones, with PayPal funds.

Previous mobile payment efforts have been stymied largely because it is expensive for retailers to install scanners that read shiny cellphone screens and because Americans have been just as content to reach into their pockets and purses for a credit card as for a phone.

Now at Starbucks: Buy a Latte By Waving Your Phone - NYTimes.com

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