Starbucks unveiled a new mobile payment system that will be available in all U.S. stores for BlackBerry and Apple iOS users.
The option is available via the Starbucks Card Mobile App, which can be downloaded from the App Store or the Starbucks Web site. Users then load money onto the app with any major credit card, hold their phones in front of a scanner on the countertop, and scan the on-screen barcode to purchase.
The Starbucks Card Mobile App has been available since last year, and initially let all users check their Starbucks card balance, reload the card, and view transactions. Starbucks also kicked off a mobile payment test in certain Seattle, Northern California, New York, and Target store locations; it has now expanded that feature nationwide.