Starbucks Wants You to Forget Your Wallet

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"OMG, Erica, this payment app is the jam!"
"OMG, Erica, this payment app is the jam!" Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

While you’re waiting for scientists to invent payment by retina scan (admit it: It would make divvying up a group check so much easier), you’ll have to settle for paying by iPhone or CrackBerry. Popular in Asia, cell-phone payments aren’t so widespread in the U.S.; that might change starting today, as Starbucks is introducing mobile paying at all of its 6,800 U.S. stores. This seems like great news, since fumbling for cash or cards in a pre-caffeinated haze is never fun, and it can be hard to do other things with a trenta-size latte in your hands. Maybe Steve Jobs does belong on that list of the most powerful foodies, after all. [USAT]

Starbucks Wants You to Forget Your Wallet