Tim Hortons is making a play for your mobile wallet with a new barcode-based payment system in its most recent Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10 updates.
Dubbed “Pay with TimmyMe,” the app uses a preregistered card to facilitate payments at the register, similar to the way Starbucks implements its smartphone-based payments. The app already allowed Tim Hortons customers to register cards and check balances, find nearby cafes and organize coffee runs. This feature currently works for all BlackBerry 10 devices (BlackBerry Q5, BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Z30), plus Android devices running OS 4.0. Timmies also notes that future development plans will see this rollout to Android 4.4 devices.
Update: Apple has just approved the same update for iOS users, bringing barcode-based payments to iPhones and iPods.
Update #2: Tim Hortons just sent out a press release that stated “Tim Hortons has also launched a barcode payment pilot program in the Niagara region in Canada and at select USA Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurants in Maine, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. The barcode technology, which provides a scan-to-pay option once a Tim Card has been registered on the TimmyMe app, supports Apple devices running OS 6.0 or later and Android devices running OS 4.0 or later.” – IH