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McDonald's experimenting with mobile payments at some US locations

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You may soon be able to order from the McDonald's dollar menu using your smartphone. As reported by Bloomberg News, the fast food giant is currently testing a new app that allows for mobile payments. Customers can pick up their food inside a nearby McDonald's restaurant, from the drive-in window, or "curbside" according to the report. The app is being trialled in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas, a spokesperson confirmed. "We are testing some of these technologies in a few markets, so it’s premature to speculate on the decisions we may make after the tests, but we’re excited to bring a cutting-edge experience in the future to our customers," the McDonald's representative told Bloomberg News.

The fast food chain last year experimented with a PayPal-based mobile payments infrastructure in France, though it's unknown whether McDonald's is partnering with the company for these latest tests. McDonald's has long offered free Wi-Fi in its locations, though it has badly trailed other restaurants like Domino's, Chipotle, and others in harnessing smartphones as a means of taking orders.