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Japan's Coca-Cola vending machines will offer a subscription service from April

Coke On gets you a drink every day – no spare change needed

Emma Steen
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Emma Steen
Staff Writer, Time Out Tokyo
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Always short on loose change when you need it most? Coca-Cola Japan is releasing its own subscription service that lets you collect  drinks directly from vending machines using only a smartphone app. 

For a flat monthly fee of ¥2,700, Coke On app users will be entitled to redeem one beverage a day from participating vending machines starting mid-April. Early birds can get even more value out of the service as the subscription will be half price (¥1,350) for anyone who signs up before May 31. Details have yet to be announced on whether the discounted price is only limited to the first month. We sure hope that would be the ongoing price once you sign up during the promotion period – because that works out to just ¥43 per drink (for months with 31 days).

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Photo: Coca-Cola

You don’t have to be a Coke drinker to enjoy the benefits, either there’s a wide range of other beverages from the Coca-Cola Japan Company, from iced green tea to ginger ale. You would, however, need to make sure you pass a Coke On vending machine regularly for the subscription to be worth it. 

If getting a drink from a vending machine every day sounds like a bit much to you (it does to us), it’s still worth downloading the Coke On app, because even without the subscription, you can redeem free drinks just by walking. That’s right – hit the target number of steps in a week and the app will reward you with a free drink. Just be sure to recycle the bottle when you’re finished with it.

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