OpenTable will let iPhone users pay from their phone

OpenTable will let iPhone users pay from their phone

OpenTable has begun slowly rolling out a program that will simplify paying for meals by letting customers pay for their checks using the OpenTable app. The program is currently being tested by some users at select San Fransisco restaurants. The current implementation lets customers add a credit card to OpenTable's iPhone app, then pay whenever they want, rather than waiting for a check or needing to scan anything. OpenTable plans to expand the program over the next couple of weeks to more users, according to a post on their blog:

OpenTable mobile payments are currently being tested by diners at select restaurants in San Francisco. Over the next few weeks, we will be adding more diners to the test program and will provide you a way to request access. 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.

Are you excited to be able to pay for meals like this, and would you like to see other types of businesses adopt these types of payments? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: OpenTable

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OpenTable will let iPhone users pay from their phone


This is a great idea. But, I have to wonder what OpenTable is deducting for a service fee. The fee would have to be equal to or lower than the restaurant's current credit card processing fee for this to become a viable solution.

Not having to wait on the server to bring the check to the table would be very convenient. I wonder how the app would work with split checks though.

I think a universal payment app for restaurants would be really cool but I'm not sure how soon something like that will come (rather than multiple apps). Restaurants in my rural area tried Open Table for reservations but gave up on the idea soon afterward, I was the only customer using it. I do like the concept of mobile payments and I love the TGI Friday's mobile app which I use often to pay my tab. I like the idea of just walking out after dinner and paying on my way home in the car.

Split checks are tacky. Lol. And the server would have to enable the option anyway. Its not lime there would be a running total. Can you imagine some douches looking at their phone all night hoping the bill doesn't get too high.

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