Sonic Drive In Mobile Pay App Revisited

I used the Sonic Drive In Mobile Pay app to pay for my breakfast this morning, after using it last almost a year ago.  I noticed some new touch screen displays for ordering and I thought it would be nice to record a video of them and ordering using the application.

Sonic Mobile Pay Balance
Sonic Mobile Pay Balance

I had some funds left as a balance on the app from my prior uses, and it was more than enough for a breakfast burrito.  I like the Super Sonic Breakfast Burrito, and I love tater tots.

Sonic Mobile Pay Order
Sonic Mobile Pay Order

It worked great and I’m going to use the Reload function in the app before I make my next visit to Sonic for tater tots or a burger.

Sonic Mobile Pay Reload
Sonic Mobile Pay Reload

You can read the post I made the first time I tried using the Sonic Drive In Mobile Pay app here, and then the second time I used it is described in this blog post.  I recommend this app for those who frequently visit a Sonic location that supports Mobile Pay.  I think the new style displays will work better than the old ones with keypads that were exposed to the elements.

 

Using your phone to get free pizza

Dominos Rewards
Dominos Rewards

There are two steps in using your phone to get free pizza.

Step 1 is to join the customer loyalty program, or rewards program offered by the business which is selling the pizza.  Tell them that you want them to email and/or SMS you information on special offers, and allow them to start tracking your purchases.
Step 2 is to install their mobile app onto your phone or possibly tablet.  When you have earned a free pizza based on past purchases, or when you are offered a special that includes a free pizza, use the app to order.

I’ve claimed my free pizza from Domino’s and it was pretty good.  Their app works OK on my phone and it even supports my Android Wear smart watch.

Papa Rewards
Papa Rewards

Papa John’s has a rewards program that I’m using, and I will soon claim my free pizza from them.  I recently got a message from them inviting me to download a BETA version of their Android app as a tester, and I did and used it today to order some Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Cheese sticks and some Honey Chipotle Wings.  Both were pretty good BTW.

Papa John's app
Papa John’s app (not the BETA version)

Pizza Hut has an app but as far as I can see doesn’t have a rewards program that’s based on tracking your orders.  They do send you plenty of offers via email when you sign up.  Those offers include a 50% off regular menu price coupon from time to time that you could use to get two pizzas for the price of one without the coupon.  Other times the coupons are for free side items with your purchase.

Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut

I like local Mom and Pop kinds of pizza places too, but if you are going to be ordering from these national chains, why not take advantage of their offers to lower the cost of pizza for yourself?  I use my PC to order more often than my phone, and the rewards programs and coupons will work whether you order on your phone or PC as long as you are logged into your rewards account, and/or enter the correct codes.

Roland A-01 Controller+Generator Unboxing

Roland A-01 Controller+Generator Unboxing

I bought a Roland A-01 Controller+Generator and made this video of me unboxing and and powering it on for the first time.

This unit originally hit the market at a $399 price point, but most recently it has been selling for $299.  I’ve been seeing them on sale for a while from the source I list in the video for $149 and though it was a good value at that price point.

Roland A-01
Roland A-01

I’ll be including it in future videos as soon as I read the manuals and learn how to configure and integrate it into my setup.  It has MIDI ports as well as MIDI via Bluetooth and CV and Gate ports.  There’s also a sequencer built in that’s in addition to the 8-bit synthesizer.

Roland A-01 diagram
Roland A-01 diagram