Dunkin' Donuts has a new app that will let customers pay with their iPhone or Android phones.
There's a lot going on in the mobile payments space. This week, a group of major retailers announced a joint venture that will see the Merchant Customer Exchange payment option in appearing in a multitude of stores. Mobile payments darling Square announced a new monthly plan for small businesses, which is sure to get a lot more stores accepting credit cards with Square (which has its own mobile payments app).
Square, in fact, announced a major partnership with Starbucks last week (which already accepted mobile phone-based payments with PayPal), making Square a payment option throughout the U.S. Dunkin' Donuts, obviously a major competitor to Starbucks wants people to know they can be all futuristic and pay with their phones at their stores too, even without Square. Customers can use their iPhones/Android phones to store their Dunkin' Donuts cards for quick, easy payment.
"Use the app to pay for all your purchases," the company says. "Simply tap the DD Card you wish to use and present the barcode to the employee to be scanned, and you’re good to go. You can also manage and reload your DD Card right from the app."
The app will also let you locate stores, browse the menu, and send virtual gift cards via text message, email or Facebook. You can also follow the Dunkin' Donuts Facebook and Twitter feeds from the app.
Dunkin' Donuts warns that payment with the app only works at participating stores. It's unlcear just how many of them would not fall into that category.
The app is available in Apple's App Store, Google Play, and by texting APP to DUNKIN (386546).