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Paying your bill with a smartphone?

Gus G. Sentementes has a story in today's paper about the introduction of new bill-payment methods in restaurants.

With Near Field Technology (NFC), "mobile phones would come equipped with a new chip, which would allow consumers to simply wave their phones in front of an NFC wireless reader. The consumer's credit card would then automatically be charged."

I think that's what they have at Starbucks, right? The technology is there, but will customers accept it?

Baltimore Sun photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor

(At Victoria Gastro Pub, customers are offered an iPad for browsing the beer and wine menus.)

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