May 11 AT 10:34 AM Taylor Wimberly 31 Comments

Square brings simple mobile payments to Android

Square is a simple payment utility for everyone. 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 free in the Android Market and the card swipe dongle will also be offered for free.

The major benefits of Square’s service is that no contract or merchant account is required. There are no setup or monthly fees and anyone can signup in minutes. In order to start accepting payment cards, individuals must submit to a credit check so that Square can verify your identity. Once accepted as a verified user, then Square will mail you the free Square card reader.

Note: Square is currently only available in the U.S. and requires Android 2.x.

Highlights of Square include:

  • 0 to $60 in under 10 seconds: Start accepting cash and card payments with Square. No contracts, monthly fees, or hidden costs. Effortlessly manage the money you take with an easy and intuitive interface.
  • Swipe it: Accept payment cards on any device with an audio input jack, including your mobile phone. After signing up for Square, provide your address on the web and we’ll send your free card reader and Square sticker.
  • Lose the paper: Get your receipts sent instantly to your email or mobile phone. Access them securely online.
  • Pay quickly, securely: Create a Square account to speed up and secure every payment. With photo verification, Square users can visually confirm you are the card holder.
  • Get real rewards: If you frequent a place that accepts Square, we’ll let them know you’re a repeat customer. That 10th cappuccino may be on the house, no paper coffee card required.
  • All your receipts, organized: See all of your Square receipts in one simple view. Browse photos of every item you bought, read descriptions, and share with your friends and co-workers.
  • Your business in real-time: All of your cash and card payments in a clean interface accessible securely from anywhere. Instantly see how much you’ve made for the day, broken out by tips, tax, and payment method. Download your data into a standard format to work with your favorite program.

Source: Square

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  • scoopo16

    Is this only available in the U.S, I’m in Europe and using 2.1 with not results for square up?

    • Eric Burke

      @scoopo16 Square is currently US only.

  • dethduck

    Small caveat. Appearantly it’s for Android OS 2.x up. They’re site says they only support the current 2.x phones out and does not show up on 1.6 market.

    • Ryan McKay

      I noticed that too. Bums me out just a little. I’m still rollin with my G1.

      • William

        CyanogenMod 5.0.7 test 3, my friend. Android 2.1.

        • http://Website Justin

          HAHA yeah thats what IM talking about….although reading it says they do not support modified devices or “jailbroken” devices.

          hmmm what say you??

  • http://Website Tom


    Is Square limited to the US users only? Market says such a product does not exist, I’m based in the UK.



  • Beryl 96

    If this works right, and doesn’t contribute to the eventual robot uprising, this sounds like a great idea, going to look into this more before trying it out!

  • http://Website plainbrad

    Drug dealers rejoice!

    Now, they can take cc on their N1.

  • TheJay

    No results for my Eris running 2.1 so far.

  • http://Website kozman

    No results for my Eris running 2.1 as of 12:43pm EST – Tuesday, May 11

    • http://Website Ed

      Works Great on my Eris (in the US)

      • http://Website Ed

        that’s Eris running 2.1 too

        • http://Website bengineer

          does your Square up card reader work with your Eris phone as well?


    • http://Website bengineer

      meaning you cannot get your Eris to work with Square up?


  • http://Website alex

    do you pay in minutes????

  • http://Website JamesB

    Now they better update my Cliq soon :(, 1.5 just isn’t cutting anymore

  • PhilV

    Remember the days when we actually just used our cell phones for calls? Seems like only a few years ago yet the technology has come so far so quickly. So when my friend tries to skate on the $20 he owes me I can just whip out my Droid and tell that deadbeat to pay up. Got to love technology!

    • Beryl 96

      First thing I thought of when reading about this haha.

  • http://Website fort

    Bump will be better, Works with paypal.

  • Canterrain

    Caveat, although the app is free, the dongle is free, and there are no setup and monthly fees, there are still fees for using the service itself. That should probably be mentioned less someone think this is a totally free service (it’s not).

    • http://Website Ed

      Oh, it’s not free to use. No post has said that, at least none I’ve seen. The app is free. The dongle they send to you via conventional mail is free. I did not see any charges even for postage. And then the way they earn their money is by taking a cut just like any other merchant account does when they process charge payments. The percentage is a tad higher and that is fine by me since monthly fees can really hurt a small biz like mine. I used to pay $50 (cheapest I could find anywhere) for exactly nothing on months when no one charged anything at my biz and that is not all that uncommon for many other types of businesses as well. I work as a photographer, from my home, sometimes doing as few as a couple of job contracts in a month and the companies want to pay by check. I don’t argue. However, there are definitely times when this ability will make not only the occasional charge a cinch, it also opens up wide a photographer’s dream to be able to process charges so easily on location at events! The percentage is well worth it!

  • http://Website CeZ

    This is a really cool concept, Minority Report type of system, definitely the way forward…

    anyone knows when it’s arriving in UK??

  • nooksurfer

    I have my card reader and it doesn’t work with the iPhone app – you HAVE to type it in. The card reader works with the iPad app, though. Guess we’ll have to wait for another update to be able to swipe cards.

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    I want to pay my bill

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  • lj

    does any one know what androids support square? I bought a huawei comet it does not support square( even though it is android 2.2), so I am having to get anouther android and i would like to get it right this time.

    thanks LJ

  • which androids

    I have the same issue as I have been looking for someone to say which androids work and can only find people who say which ones do not. If androids work why can,t I find info, why don,t they advertise which will work. I can,t buy a bunch of phones looking for one that works.

  • toni

    I just baught a Android Galaxy sgh-t679 I dont think the swiper works with it as yet but I type the numbers in and it works. I get charged more. dang it. I need to have this working ASAP.