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Starbucks U.K. to Finally Introduce iPhone Payments in January 2012

Starbucks iPhone app

Since the beginning of this year, caffeine addicts in the U.S. have been able to walk into their local Starbucks and pay for their coffee using the one-touch Starbucks application on their iPhone. Not only does the service allow you to leave your wallet at home when you’re nipping out for a coffee, but it also makes paying for your drink a great deal faster, helping to relieve those lengthy morning queues.

Coffee drinkers in the U.K. will be pleased to hear that they’ll soon be enjoying the same benefits, with Starbucks announcing that the one-touch payment service is set to launch in Britain on January 5, 2012.

The application allows customers to link their Starbucks card to their iPhone and pay for their coffee simply by scanning a barcode in any of the 700+ Starbucks coffee houses throughout the U.K. It eliminates the need to count all of that change in the bottom of your pocket, and it means you need never remove your Starbucks card from your wallet again.

One in five customers in the U.K. already use a Starbucks card, so the service looks destined to mirror the success that Starbucks has seen since its introduction in the U.S.

Starbucks seems to be focused on bringing its U.K. customers all the benefits and services enjoyed by those across the Atlantic. This year, we’ve already seen the U.K. launch of the company’s iTunes ‘Pick of the Week’ giveaway, and the introduction of free Wi-Fi in its stores.

Will you be using the Starbucks app to pay for your morning coffee next year?

[via The Next Web]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...