• Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good

  • Tabbedout
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  • Last modified: Aug 30, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Innovative concept. Can be very helpful. Trustworthy.

CONS: Some users reported server problems and other annoyances.

tabbedoutThese days there are numerous ways to make payment. With each new day it seems that a new online service appears which is trying to bring something new and innovative, and to make a profit from it. With the combined power of the internet and the iOS apps it seems that possibilities are endless, and today we are going to show you an application which has been around for a few years now, and which received mixed user reviews, while critics agreed that this is a revolutionary idea. This app is called TabbedOut and you can download it for free from the iOS App Store.

TabbedOut is created to help you pay your tab at numerous restaurants and cafes. This service works only with approved restaurants, so you’ll first need to check if TabbedOut is supported. On the other hand, this application is being accepted across the USA, so in most cases it’s going to be usable.

First, let’s see how this application works. Once you open it for the first time you’ll need to create a new account which will hold all your personal information including your bank account. This way, each time you make a payment, money will be transferred from your account. Once you decide to go to a restaurant or a cafe, you’ll need to open a tab by using alphanumeric code to access a specific POS. Once you make your order, an exact amount will show up on your phone. As you can imagine, once you decide to leave, you can simply use TabbedOut once again to pay for your meal, and add a tip as well.

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The main problem with this app is that it’s completely unusable if there are no supported restaurants in a town you live in. On the other hand, if you find your favorite cafe in the TabbedOut list of supported establishments, you’ll be in luck. You can also receive special offers and promotion, which all work great.

When it comes to how well this app performs, ratings are mixed. Some users are having a real trouble setting up TabbedOut for the first time, while there are also those who haven’t had any problems. I guess there’s no universal rule with this, since I haven’t had any problems and charged amounts were always right. Another thing is that this app isn’t really useful in normal paced restaurants, since you can find it useful only in those loud and busy bars, where it’s quite hard to reach the waiter.

If you think this application can be of some help, I would first suggest looking for your favorite bars in the TabbedOut list. If some of those are busy and chaotic ones, that you’ll surely like this app, even though it takes some time getting used to it. At the end, it is also important to say that there are no hidden fees, so you won’t have to worry, even though this is a completely free application.



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