Dec 03 AT 10:45 PM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

Accept payments everywhere with Square

Twitter creator Jack Dorsey is launching a new startup this week called Square. The service allows just about anyone with a smartphone to take card payments everywhere they go. Square is both a software and hardware solution. The application is expected to be sold for around $1 and the card swipe dongle will be offered for free.

Initially the service will be available on the iPhone, but support for Android is coming soon. Square is currently looking to hire an Android client engineer.

The potential uses for this service are virtually endless. I imagine it will be a boon for small business owners who don’t want to go through the lengthy process of getting their own merchant account and card processing software. Even in its early stages, Square is already valued at $40 million.

TechCrunch has posted a short video demonstration of the service.

Customers can sign for their purchases using the touch screen.

Customers can sign for their purchases using the touch screen.

Receipts for transactions can be sent via email or SMS.

Receipts for transactions can be sent via email or SMS.

The idea is brilliant but very simple, so I will leave this post short. For more info see the full report on Wired.

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  • SliestDragon

    That’s really cool! Now I can actually make some profit with my lemonade stand!

  • amgarlin

    FINALLY! My drug dealer can accept my bank card.

    • http://Website Jimmy

      And your mom can take mine.

  • http://Website Jeff

    Are they really gonna sell it for a buck with a free dongle, how will that work?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      They make money from the credit card processing fees, which have yet to be announced.

    • http://Website Nat

      Because they take a percentage of ever transaction and then 15cent on top of that, so after a couple of payments they’ve made back the cost of the card reader.

      Can’t wait for android version!

  • http://Website dred

    I wonder if the police have the right to track transactions like they do with credit cards. If cash can be removed completely then this could have far reaching benefits or drawbacks depending on how you look at it.

  • Craigo

    I think a lot of people will struggle to sign their name on a small mobile phone screen. Then again, most countries are switching to PIN numbers, so it may not be a problem in the near future.

    • Clark Wimberly

      I thought that too then I remembered how terrible my signature is. None of my signatures look alike and you can never read them so its not like anyone is checking them in the back room of a bank somewhere. Any chicken-scratch will work.

      • http://Website Brian

        the point in the chicken scratch is in case someone does use your car. they can do a recognition on it if you say it wasn’t you.

  • Scott

    I run a service business and am completely mobile. This is exactly what I have been looking for and if the service fees are in line it is the way to go! can’t wait!

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  • http://Website james

    I am a freelance graphic artist if this come to Android me life would be complete

  • Ray at Fatsoma

    What excited me most about Square is the possibility for reps and “superfans” to sell e-tickets using this software on behalf of events promoters and artists. Integrated with an online promotion platform this means that everything would be electronic. A promoter would list the event and tickets on their website then invite their reps to sell. These reps could then use person-to-person sales alongside their usual Facebook links and other online referrals. When they sell in person the receipt will be sent directly to their phone via SMS, shortly followed by their e-ticket, which contains a barcode. The guests can then turn up and flood into the venue by having their phone screens scanned. This is the final piece of the jigsaw for seamless promotion, sales and operation of events we’ve been striving for. And what’s more, no trees were felled for paper during this process so we can save the world one night out at a time! But we do need a chip and pin version first for the UK and Europe. — online promotion and ticketing platform — event and music industry blog

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  • http://Website eCubeH

    Signatures seem weak for authentication. Other than messy signatures, would also create opps for fraud. Why not biometrics?

    • http://Website Hayden

      Well, because the iPhone can’t read biometrics. This is way cool–great for garage sales! :)

  • Joe Mendonca


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  • http://Website Russell

    I’m just worried about my card information getting stored to who ever phone it may get swiped to

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