Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee store chain, announced today that its mobile payment system is now available nationwide, allowing users to pay for items using the Starbucks Card Mobile app available for the iPhone and Blackberry.
Starbucks Card Mobile is a free app compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. To make payments through the app, a registered Starbucks card is required. Obtaining a card and registering it with Starbucks is also free.
To make a mobile payment, a user simply presents the barcode on the Scan Now screen within the app to a cashier. The sale amount will then be deducted from the associated Starbucks card. Mobile payments are available in U.S. only at company-operated stores and those located within Target stores.
Starbucks Mobile Card for the iPhone was first released in September 2009, with mobile payment possible in select stores in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay area as a trial. The trial was later expanded to all Starbucks stores located within Target stores in March 2010.