Starbucks is pioneering the way towards a cashless society with a new payment system where caffeine cravers can pay for their tall, grande and venti, or new 31 oz trenta coffees directly from their iPhones. After ordering, the purchaser would have the option to direct their phone’s camera to a barcode and scan the total into their phone. The amount of the transaction would be automatically deducted from the balance of their previously loaded and linked Starbucks gift card. The required app is Starbucks Card Mobile and is a free download from the App Store. The remaining balance can be displayed and the card can be reloaded directly on the phone through PayPal or a major credit card. It is compatible with the iPod or iPhone running iOS 3.1 or later.
Starbucks outlets which currently support the system include any US Target Starbucks store, 16 locations in Silicon Valley and Seattle, and 297 stores in New York City. Limitations include only US domestic phones and only one device may be linked to each Storebucks card. Starbucks Store Credit Cards are not eligible for linking.
Screenshots of the Starbucks app can be viewed after the break.