Doughnut app arrives: Dunkin’ Donuts accepts mobile payments

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This week, Dunkin’ Donuts released a new app that lets you pay for doughnuts with your iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone.

I’m not sure anyone in America needs the act of buying doughnuts to be easier -- but that’s not Dunkin’ Donuts’ problem.

The Dunkin’ app works like the Starbucks mobile payment app. Download it from Google Play or the App Store, then load it up with money. The card supports American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal.


The next time you need a doughnut fix, you can hand the cashier your mobile device to be scanned rather than using cold hard cash or a credit card.

The app also enables users to send a virtual Dunkin’ Donuts gift card to other mobile phones -- something the Starbucks system doesn’t allow. You can buy a gift card for anywhere between $2 and $100 and send it via text, email or Facebook Connect to a doughnut-loving friend.

The app has other functions too. Most of them are marketing related, but it will show you nutritional information of the Dunkin’ Donuts items.

Whether you choose to use it that way is up to you. I’m not sure I ever want to know how many calories are in my beloved Boston creme doughnut. But I am getting a sugar high just thinking about it.

A caveat for Californians: The only Dunkin’ Donuts in the state is at the Camp Pendleton military base in San Diego County, so if you want to use the app, you might be in for a long drive.



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