Starbucks Expands Phone Payment System Nationwide
Starbucks today announced that customers can use select smartphones to make purchases at Starbucks locations directly from their device. Starbucks had been trialling the system at Starbucks locations in Manhattan and today offers the same service at 6,800 Starbucks coffee shops and 1,000 Target locations. The Starbucks Card Mobile App takes advantage of the Starbucks Card platform, and will charge purchases directly to a user's Starbucks Card account. The free application works with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and a number of BlackBerry handsets, including the Bold, Curve, Storm, and Tour.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
Powermat this week showed off an early version of its forthcoming universal fast wireless charging ring for public Powermat charging stations, at locations such as Starbucks. Current charging rings come in two separate versions: Lightning for iPhones, and micro-USB for all other phones.
Verizon Allowing Customers to Send Starbucks Gift Cards via Text
Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers can send Starbucks eGift cards to one another from within the Verizon Messages application. The application lets users pick a background, amount ($5, $10, or $25), and enter a short message.
Starbucks Adds Spotify Music Discovery to Mobile Apps
Starbucks today expanded the scale of its mobile application to include Spotify-backed music discovery. People who visit Starbucks stores will be able to use the Starbucks mobile app to discover what songs are being played in-store and save those songs to a personal Spotify playlist.
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