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Starbucks allows mobile payments via iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry

STARBUCKS Starbucks customers can now pay for their skinny caramel macchiatos with an iPhone, iPod Touch or BlackBerry.

The coffee giant is expanding its mobile payment system to all of its U.S. retail stores –- more than 7,500 locations, including many inside Target stores.

Those craving coffee can enter their Starbucks Card number onto their Apple device or BlackBerry Tour, Curve or Storm. Baristas then scan the bar code that appears, which is linked to the customer’s credit card.

The program kicked off a pilot run last year at more than 1,000 shops.

Mobile payment systems -- in which smart phones act as digital wallets and are swiped or scanned in lieu of a credit card -– are gaining momentum with start-ups such as Square and partnerships from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.


Consumer Reports calls for protections on mobile payments through phones

Square, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's mobile payments start-up, may be worth $200 million in new funding round

-- Tiffany Hsu

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