Hi, Can I Text You A Drink?

Mobile payment systems are a relatively new scene, and have yet to really blow up despite Paypal’s early adoption. Some businesses can see the potential though – an Australian firm is teaming up with bars and other drinking venues to enable you to buy another person a drink via SMS. The recipient will get a code in the message that they can redeem at the bar for their beverage, which will be accompanied by a multimedia message of the buyer’s choice. The novelty value alone is sure to get some interest, but it looks like the focus is on purchase-data gathering than customer satisfaction.