Mobile payments are coming to Starbucks

/ Source: The Associated Press

Starbucks Corp. customers with certain mobile devices can now buy their coffee with the wave of their smart phone.

The company had tested the mobile payment service in some markets and announced Wednesday that it was rolling it out to all 6,800 company-run stores and more than 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target stores.

Customers with certain BlackBerry smartphones, iPhones and iPod touch can now use those devices to make purchases at these stores.

Starbucks said it is developing a similar service for Android devices but does not know when that will be available.

The coffee company anticipates the program will make it easier and faster for some of its customers to make purchases.

Customers download the application for their device and use it in conjunction with their Starbucks Card.

Aside from making purchases, customers can use the app to manage their Starbucks Card account, check their card balance, reload their card with any major credit card, check their My Starbucks Rewards status and find a nearby store.