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May 17, 2011

Paying your bill with a smartphone?

vgpGus G. Sentementes has a story in today's paper about the introduction of new bill-payment methods in restaurants.

With Near Field Technology (NFC), "mobile phones would come equipped with a new chip, which would allow consumers to simply wave their phones in front of an NFC wireless reader. The consumer's credit card would then automatically be charged."

I think that's what they have at Starbucks, right? The technology is there, but will customers accept it?

Baltimore Sun photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor

(At Victoria Gastro Pub, customers are offered an iPad for browsing the beer and wine menus.)

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 11:45 AM | | Comments (3)


Did that just start at Victoria's? Was there a few weeks ago and wasn't offered an ipad.

I wonder what the technology cost the restaurant or retail establishment to start up and use it? Downloading and using an app is pretty simple but to have the tech support on the other end...curious.

great question

Great idea as long as the consumer isn't paying for it in the end, but isn't that usually how it goes?

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