Get that jolt quick

The Washington Post Sunday - - BUSINESS - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

At Star­bucks, with a flash of your smart­phone, you can now pay for the just-un­leashed mon­ster, a 31-ounce Trenta.

Star­bucks cus­tomers, you no longer have to fum­ble for your wal­lets to get that cof­fee. As of this week, you can just scan your phone. Talk about be­ing wired.

The cof­fee be­he­moth launched its mo­bile pay­ment ser­vice in re­cent days, and Black­Berry, iPhone and iPod Touch users can down­load an app to pay in a flash. The pay­ment zooms through a bar code that pops up on the de­vices.

Star­bucks re­ports that it launched the ser­vice in 6,800 stores and more than 1,000 Star­bucks in Tar­get lo­ca­tions across the land.

The ser­vice is based on the ex­ist­ing card ser­vice and mo­bile app, which al­lows cus­tomers to man­age their card bal­ance, load more money with a ma­jor credit card (or PayPal ac­count, for iPhone users) and lo­cate the near­est store. All lo­ca­tions in the Washington area are listed on the site’s mo­bile map — al­though tests of the technology at lo­cal stores have been hit or miss.

Think­ing big: Star­bucks has also launched the Trenta, a whop­ping 31-ounce cup of cof­fee. Just the thing for those su­per-charged hours of fun with your lat­est free app. (See above.)

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