Text Buzz: Wireless To Wired

According to Seattle Times, Starbucks fields thousands of calls each year from customers phoning from the road to find the nearest Starbucks store.
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Customers with cellphones and mobile devices can now save themselves the call. Mobile users can send a text message with the area’s zip code to MYSBUX (697289), and a list of nearby Starbucks stores will pop back.
I just tested it and it works. Now, if someone comes up with the same system for indie coffee shops, espresso addicts will be hooked up.

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Brand builder at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Believer in Gossage, Bernbach and Clow. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • yikes

    Wait, where is there left that you can’t find a Starbucks? I’d like to move there.

  • fake commentor

    Story, Indiana: It’s on a dead end road that leads to this wonderfully old cemetery with a plot of land for sale right next door. In the spring through fall it’s a haven for hog riders.

  • http://www.beanstalktalk.com captain flummox

    Lewis Black will be thrilled to hear this.

  • Wha?

    My first thought is that I wouldn’t know the zip code in Anytown, USA, so what good is the service. If you aren’t from a place, how likely is it that you would know the zip code?

  • Shane

    I tried it. It works. Problem is, it gives you back one text message for each listing. (I got three) not a good idea for limited text plans.
    But it’s cool if I offhandedly happen to remember the number while out on the road.