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Starbucks UK Now Takes Contactless Payments

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Now you don't even have to wake up enough to count your change.

Starbucks UK this week joined the contactless payment revolution thanks to a partnership with Visa. The credit card company has announced that 550 Starbucks locations around the United Kingdom now support contactless payments from Visa debit and credit cards. 

While tap-to-pay may not be the most popular form of payments just yet, Starbucks says that cash payments only account for one in three transactions at its stores these days. So really, it's going to make existing debit and credit card transactions go that little bit faster.

"We are now able to provide our customers with the quickest and most convenient ways to pay, to speed up service and cut queue times," said Ian Cranna, VP of Marketing for Starbucks UK. "The roll out of contactless follows other payment innovations that we have implemented across our stores, including developing a bespoke mobile payment app."

Visa currently has more than 27 million contactless cards in circulation in the United Kingdom with over 250,000 terminals at retailers around the country. Participating trains include Marks & Spencer, Co-Op, Post Office, Boots, and McDonalds.

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    Rushad , June 19, 2013 12:30 AM
    Could someone shed some light on what are contract less payments ?
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    waxdart , June 19, 2013 3:11 AM
    Rushad, If you misread it I can see how you'd be lost. contact not contract.

    You just hold your debit card (soon some phones) over a reader and it takes your money. You don't have to enter a pin. It only does small amounts. Saves no time as I can type 4 numbers really fast.
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    soldier44 , June 19, 2013 7:11 AM
    As expensive as it cost to live in the UK and the taxes they take out on you working there I bet its $10+ for a large coffee there.This tech sounds like NFC here which hasn't taken off just yet in most places but is included in most smartphones.
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    r1Master , June 19, 2013 9:52 AM
    In Canada we use this kind of thing already. I swipe my credit card, one second and it is done. My Fiance users an app on her phone (which is prepaid) and holds her screen up to the scanner, one second done.
    When using the chip cards, you have to swipe, wait for it to make contact with the bank (which can be a few seconds or more) then enter your pin, press okay, wait for it to approve and away you go. Swipe is SO much faster !!!
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    Scar89 , June 19, 2013 6:36 PM
    Eh this is news? We've had 'visa paypass' at the shop in my tiny country town in Aus for a while now. Hold the card up for 1 second and your done (on purchases under $100).
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    psy_mon , June 20, 2013 12:56 PM
    Now you can get your bad coffee even faster!

    p.s. same with Aus, New Zealand has had this for a while too. Our limit is $80.
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    waxdart , July 12, 2013 3:58 AM
    Support the little independent coffee shops. They pay tax.
    Starbucks, your coffee awful and evil.