If Homer Simpson had a smartphone with him and actually figured out how to use one, then chances are he would definitely love to hang out at Tim Hortons, as this particular establishment now allows you to purchase donuts without having to fumble around with real paper currency or perhaps take out your plastic for a swipe. This is because Tim Hortons has now jumped aboard the “payment via smartphone” bandwagon, enabling mobile payment options for the masses using iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices.
Not all Tim Hortons outlets will offer such a hassle free payment facility, of course, since only a select few locations will kick start this particular initiative. After all, it needs to be tested out beforehand to make sure that everything runs nice and smooth before it can be implemented across the board, right? That would make perfect sense.
The handset-driven payments will happen over a NFC connection, and for iPhone users, you also have the ability to add Tim Hortons to Passbook for easier access whenever the situation calls for it. There will also be other useful add-ons including restaurant locator, being able to reload funds, and accessing nutritional information among others. It would be cool if one could perform pre-orders as well prior to dropping in ala Starbucks.