I'm loving the paperless ticketing trend! From airlines to movie theaters, companies are scrapping wasteful paper tickets in favor of eco-friendly paperless ticketing. Fandango already has apps for iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm Pre, and Android (find them all on the Fandango site), and now it's taking it a step further, offering mobile tickets at several theaters across the country. Find out how it works after the break.
Tickets are delivered via text message after purchase. You can use the service if you have AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile and your phone has access to the Internet; a link to your ticket is sent to your phone via text. Verizon customers receive tickets via Pix message; simply click to view them. The "ticket" contains a barcode that ticket-takers will scan at the theater. There is no extra charge to use the service, currently available in eight US cities from NYC to Hawaii. One drawback: if you're purchasing multiple tickets, your entire party has to be present to enter — you can't just forward the barcode to someone else. No word yet on when the technology will go nationwide; since theaters need special scanners to honor the mobile tickets, it may be a while until they catch on.