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You can now pay for a restaurant bill using your mobile phone

February 9, 2014

Many consumers have recently found themselves buying products from retail stores over their mobile phones, or interacting with the branded mobile applications offered by some food-service brands.

Many consumers have recently found themselves buying products from retail stores over their mobile phones, or interacting with the branded mobile applications offered by some food-service brands. Now, some individuals may even find themselves paying for their restaurant bills using mobile credit card payment processing pages. 

The OpenTable application, which allows consumers to make restaurant reservations on their phone, will now allow consumers to pay for their bills using the application as well. Kashyab Deorah, general manager of payments at OpenTable, in a blog posted on the company’s official website, detailed the test program being employed to help introduce the new features.

“Over the next few weeks, we will be adding more diners to the test program and will provide you a way to request access,” wrote Deorah. “If you receive an email invitation to be part of our pilot program, you can get started by making a reservation at a participating restaurant. Simply add a credit card in the OpenTable iPhone app before your meal and you’ll be able to view and pay your check. There’s no scanning or bar codes involved.”

When paying for a bill using OpenTable, consumers will simply have to “click to pay” at a credit card payment processing page hosted by the application. This will allow consumers to make payments more efficiently than ever, according to the release.

So many businesses and consumers have been making use of mobile payment strategies that Apple is currently developing its own application that allows consumers to make such payments, according to a recent Time report. 

You can tell by looking at the demographics of our customers and the amount of commerce that goes through iOS devices…that it’s a big opportunity on the platform,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, according to Time.

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