Mobile Payments Now Available at Starbucks

Jonesing for some Java but don't have any cash? Don't sweat it. Now Starbucks customers can buy a Mocha Choca Latte with a wave of their smart phone.

The coffee shop giant today announced that its mobile payment program is now available at all 6,800 corporate locations, as well as 1,000 Starbucks located in Target stores.

So, how does it work? Well, customers with Blakberry smartphones, iPhones, or iPod Touches simply have to download Starbuck's mobile payment application for their device and then hold the smartphone up to a scanner installed at Starbucker registers when they wish to make a purchase. The phone will display a two dimensional barcode, which the scanner will read, and the price of the coffee will be deducted from the customer's Starbucks card, which is also backed by a credit card.

The app has other uses as well. Customers can use the Starbucks application to manage their Starbucks Card account, check their card balance, reload their card with any major credit card, check their My Starbucks Rewards status, and find the nearest Starbucks location.

Starbucks is also working on app for Android phones, but didn't say when the technology would be available.

While the mobile payment service sounds cool and all, is it really any faster, or more convenient, than using a debit card?

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