Seattle – Starbucks (NASD: SBUX) on Wednesday announced the launch of
mobile payment services in all of its U.S. company-operated stores, which will
enable customers to pay for purchases by presenting a BlackBerry (NASD: RIMM), iPhone (NASD: AAPL) or
iPod touch at the counter.
Users can download the free Starbucks Card Mobile
App, then connect the app to an existing Starbucks Card account or load funds
via a credit card or PayPal.
When paying, customers then present their
smartphones, and a barcode on the screen is scanned to register payment.
mobile payments service launches today in 6,800 company stores, and an
additional more than 1,000 Starbucks within U.S. Target stores.