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College Students Rejoice! Taco Bell Currently Testing Smartphone App to Order Food Ahead of Time

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If you didn’t think that fast food could get any faster than the ritual that they run at Taco Bell, you are in for a surprise. With the rise of smartphones and mobile devices over the past few years, fast food is getting even more convenient. Reports say that Taco Bell has embraced this and is currently testing a smartphone app for all their hungry customers.¬†

The top secret Taco Bell scientists that crafted Dorito tacos are now testing an app that will allow people to customize their order and pay for it before they even leave their house.¬†Jeff Jenkins, mobile lead for Taco Bell, said “this will be the biggest shake up for the mobile industry since drive-thru.”

There are other options such as adding your local store to the “My Bell” section for greater ease of ordering. This new service is being tested in a few stores on the west coast, but hopes to expand further than that by the end of this year.

Would you order Taco Bell through your phone?

Via: LA Times
  • TC Infantino

    For when you need diarrhea as fast as possible.

  • Speedyrulz

    I use the Five Guys app all the time, so this is a good idea. With that being said Taco Bell sucks.

  • morpheus282

    I love Taco Bell, probably a hold over from when I was a broke & hungry college student – much like ramen noodles. This is probably the only restaurant where you can go in with a $5 bill and not only eat, but get full, have a drink and maybe a dessert, and get a free colon cleanse the next day.
    I’d be an early adopter of this app if it could do one very important thing – help the morons at my local restaurant get my order right just once. Seriously, how hard is it to remember two soft tacos and nachos for as long as it takes me to get from the speaker to the window?

  • Adam Intinarelli

    Subway is also doing this in the coming weeks

  • Ryan Chapman

    Having worked at taco bell 15 years ago while in high school, unless something has changed ( And I don’t think it has ) The food has very little shelf life… Order your taco, and it gets made, if its been sitting for more than about 10 minutes your eating a soggy nasty mess. No thanks, I can put myself out the 5 minutes in line.

  • Wyveryx

    “…an app that will allow people to customize their order and pay for it before they even leave their house.”
    You mean like Dominos does currently?

  • bawboh

    *College Students and Pot Heads

    There, I fixed it for ya. :) Now all Taco Bell needs is a delivery service, and they’d be set in Colorado and Washington…

  • Droid Ronin

    In San Diego, we have taco shops on every corner. No need to have Taco Bell… And I haven’t had it in years.

  • John Ligons

    White Castle have an app that does this too…unfortunately then don’t have an app for what happens after esting white castle.

  • Chris

    heh…

    • ouija147

      yep you got that right, now I want the tacos de lengua at Taqueria Azteca…

  • Tim242

    I use apps to order at fast casual places like Chipotle and Moe’s. It works well with that concept. I don’t see fast food working so well.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Every fast food restaurant should follow this formula in my opinion.

    • needa

      i reckon they will if this takes off.

  • Disqus_n00b

    This is useful because half the time the high schoolers behind the counter input your order incorrectly.

    • Chris

      what about those who make the food or understand what’s said on those screens….

      • needa

        why hate on this so much? why are you being so negative over something that you will ultimately end up using. because its a great idea and you didnt think of it?

        • Chris

          I rarely go to taco bell and if I do. I’d just go in. I can wait for my food. Regardless if I order there or at home, i still have to wait for it to be made.

          • needa

            depends on how busy they are i guess. i suspect at the beginning they will be making it pretty quick.

          • Chris

            I think it would be the same as it is now, if not worse as they have to get used to the new system. We will see though….

            and how will Taco bell handle all of these? Do you just cut in front of everyone? Will they have a designated spot at the counter? What about older locations that have very little to no counter space. (I’ve been to some older 70s/80s era taco bells. A lot smaller then the current design they use today)

          • needa

            i think it will be more of a your order goes in line with all of the other orders. it is already paid for. so you should be able to walk in and get it. or at least save some time. i am three blocks from taco bell. i could order. wait for two minutes. and then head up. instead of five to ten minutes… i will only have to wait two or three.
            most likely it will be sitting under a warmer or in a steam cabinet, and every taco bell already has these. then tell the cashier when you go in. you spend less time waiting in line to order than you do waiting for your food. or maybe they will have a touchscreen in lobby so you can tell them you arrived. many companies are doing this already with ordering food.

  • MistaButters

    Actually, no. Pretty much everything I like at Taco Bell (Crunchwrap, Cheesy Gordita Crunch with a Dorito shell subbed in) contains a crunchy shell adjacent to something moist (taco meat, nacho cheese, sour cheese, Gordita sauce).

    I dig in before i even leave the window to have maximum enjoyment before the shell gets soggy.

  • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

    This is great but its not big news. The Jamba Juice on my campus has been using a app created by Splick-It to allow me to order my drink while still in class.
    Only downfall is that the employees actually have to check their little thermal printer, which 75% they don’t and it wastes more time than it saves

  • Guy Pierce

    Now orders will be wrong 100% of the time!

  • droidrazredge

    Hopefully Taco Bell invest in some of those Amazon Drones because that would be cool if when you can order with the Taco Bell Mobile App they could send some drones and fly the food to you.

    • Fry

      ……and a roll of toilet paper

  • Mike Aurin

    I love the fact that Taco Bell has a “mobile lead” position.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    Eww, even more time for it to sit around and get greasier!

  • Intellectua1

    Dang I don’t remember the last time I ate Taco Bell, I have eaten fast food (burgers) like 3 times in the past 2 weeks but other than that I normally stay away from that crap. I prefer home cooked meals and actual resturants..

  • Mike Cary

    Starbucks needs to do this. Also, they need to deliver to my office. For free. Now. I need some coffee.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Boooo…where’s the official Del Taco app? Better food is at Del Taco, ya all!

    • Chris

      Between Taco Bell and Del Taco. I’d choose Del taco. Open 24 hours. Food tastes a little fresher.

      though for a little more i’d go to Chipotle or even Qdoba.

      • elemeno

        Chipotle FTW… and they already have an app.

        • Chris

          You still have to pay in store but who cares really? Just walk right up and let them know you have a online order.

          • Tim242

            Ummm no. You can pay with the app. I have my card and order saved.

          • Tim242

            See proof below

        • Tim242

          I order my veggie burrito via the Chipotle app every time I order there. No waiting in line!

    • Stnkycheezman

      they got fries, chicken soft taco and the bacon double del…enough said. but their hard shells and chips are always stale, especially compared to bell

      • Mike Aurin

        That’s because only real food can go stale.

      • Shawn Spring

        The chili fries there are superior to most other places, and their fake tostada thing “crunchtada” is actually quite enjoyable.

  • Chris

    Fast food joints already have hard enough time getting orders right… now they are trying this?

    • Mike Aurin

      It’s ok…I’m sure Shaniqua will be able to add reading mobile orders onto her already daunting task of putting cheese on my taco.

      • Shawn Spring

        Was the phrase “putting cheese on my taco” a euphemism? IF so, ZING!

    • elemeno

      My guess is that most of the order accuracy problems originate somewhere in the customer->cashier->computer entry process. This app would skip those steps and any language barrier problems.

      • Chris

        You may be right, but i used to work fast food about 10 years ago and when you have five or six orders up on the screen, and its really busy theres bound to be some mistakes. Even chiptole has its share of mistakes in their ordering app.

  • The Narrator

    I wish i could prepare my toilet ahead of time.

  • droidrazredge

    I can see it now “Welcome to Taco Bell Mobile-Thru, can I take your order ?”

    • Chris

      Got any pepto bismol?

  • Braden Abbott

    I have been waiting for fast-food/coffee chains to start doing this, makes so much sense, I would rather park and walk in to pick up my order if it’s already ready for me than go through the drive-thru

    • Chris

      because its so hard going up to the counter and interacting with a human to take your order…

      • Braden Abbott

        When these cheap places are busy they are always understaffed and this could only speed things up. Pay for your order on the app, get a push notification as soon as it’s ready, show them your order number on your screen, cha-ching.

        • Chris

          Understaffed doesn’t mean things will go any faster. They still have people who go in and people who use the drive through. Those people need to be served too and during the lunch/dinner rush? Good luck…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Lol yes because it takes so long to slap the EXACT same ingredients in different soft and hard shells lol.

    • droidrazredge

      I guess this is for the impatient people who can’t afford to wait a minute or two for their order.

  • Adrynalyne

    Taco Bell is some nasty food. Can you even call it food?

    • droidrazredge

      You can pretty much any fast food chain out there; however, compared to others, if i had limited choices and income I rather eat there than the others.

      • Adrynalyne

        I rather eat ramen in that case.

    • Eric

      Pura mierda

    • The Narrator

      Dat 36% beef.

    • Brandon

      Weed helps.

      • The Narrator

        That’s when you’re drunk. Always craving taco bell when im drunk but can’t drive.

        • Adrynalyne

          Oh man.

          Hangovers are so much worse when you give in to Taco Bell cravings.

          • michael arazan

            The Best food is in southern Californian at little hole in the walls taco and burrito joints, and they actually season the food. Wish there was any good mexican food in St.Louis.

          • Adrynalyne

            I think thats the case in any state that borders Mexico. The best Mexican restaurants here are also holes in the wall.

      • needa

        indeed it does.

    • Stnkycheezman

      have you tried a nachos bell grande? duuuuude….

      • Mike Aurin

        Duuuuude.

        • Stnkycheezman

          what’s mine say???

          • gambit07

            You’re getting a Dell?

      • Chris

        I’d had much better nachos at actual Mexican restaurants. Real cheese. (not this liquid crap) Real toppings. big enough for two people even…

        • Stnkycheezman

          real cheese is overrated for nachos….aaaand philly cheese steaks

          • needa

            you couldnt pay me to eat a cheese steak with liquid cheese. or cheese wiz for that matter.

          • Adrynalyne

            I’d do it if they paid me. Definitely wouldn’t for free nor would I pay for it.

          • Ryan Chapman

            You could pay me to do a lot of things, and eating food is one of them. Sign me up.

          • Chris

            Let me guess. you had frozen, pre made cheese steaks?

          • Stnkycheezman

            Cheese whiz is common practice for fresh cheese steaks, and it’s D-Lish! frozen cheese whiz would be nasty

          • Adrynalyne
    • Eric R.

      CHIPOTLE!!!, IS THE BEST

      • Chris

        barbacoa tacos or a barbacoa burrito bowl with a side order of small corn tortillas. Chips and guac…. don’t
        forget the beer….

      • needa

        chipotle blows. qdoba on the other hand, with that cilantro infused white rice, had got it going on. too bad they had to shut down a slew of locations.

        • Chris

          Chiptole also has Cilantro white rice.

          i like both places.I even have a qdoba card and usully get their Craft 2 menu. I know some Qdboa locations here in Oregon have breakfast now as well./

          • needa

            yah there is a qdoba up by vanderbilt that is 24 hours. they do breakfast. its pretty tasty.

        • Adrynalyne

          I deplore cilantro.

          • Chris

            The flavor is good. Texture at times… not so much.

      • Tim242

        Chipotle or Moe’s for me!

      • morpheus282

        Chipotle and Salsaritas taste pretty good, but every time I eat there I end up re-enacting the infamous scene from Dumb & Dumber. Taco Bell has never hit me this bad.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwcVJMvVWDA

    • AndySamberg

      just steer clear of that nasty meat. the beans arent too bad though.

  • duncanator

    Yeah, because it takes so long to get your order. Regardless, you still have to wait to get the food except now it will be cold. Wonderful.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Eric Rees

      They are testing a GPS locator with the app as well, telling them how far away you are so they can plan accordingly.

      • Adrynalyne

        To…put your food in the walk-in cooler?

        :p

      • Chris

        So with traffic, stuck waiting for a train to pass, weather, and along with how busy they are with number or orders ahead of yours how can they be sure this would even work?

      • Kevin

        Maybe you should mark this as nsfw? :p

    • WAldenIV

      Don’t forget that the paper wrappers will have more time to melt into the moisture of the food now.

    • needa

      i dunno about you… but i have never once had quick service going to taco bell. its two minutes a person no matter how you look at it. what i cant stand is seeing the drive through backed up and deciding to order inside. only to see the ‘dine-in’ production line making orders for the drive-through. ultimately causing me to wait longer than i would have staying in the car.

    • Arian

      I think this is a great idea! I live in a college town and I am usually the DD, so it’s hard to round up everyone in the car and calm them down enough to give me their orders at Taco Bell, in the middle of the night, when the workers are already tired and annoyed. They can just all place them on one phone and I can go pick it up by myself.