Square: Accept Credit Cards Using Your iPhone


I’d heard a rumor about this product coming out, and finally it’s here: The Square. It’s a dongle that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone, that reads the magnetic strip on the back of a credit card and allows you to process payments immediately, then send out a receipt right away. And according to the Web site, it’s pretty affordable.

This is a big deal for small businesses. It means that you could run a credit card in front of the customer and have them sign right on the spot, no delays needed. You also wouldn’t need to have a contract for a credit card processing service, which can be expensive as well as lengthy. It also means that traveling salespeople could accept payment on the spot, no matter where they are.

I haven’t heard of any hands-on reviews yet, but this certainly seems like a cool product that has a lot of potential for business. the only drawback I can see is keeping track of the dongle, but it’s so small that it could fit in the pocket easily, so hopefully it wouldn’t get lost. I think this is just the beginning for these type of devices, as my local Apple Store is already using iPod Touches to process payments, and has a special case with a card reader on the back for just this use. Should be interesting to see how popular these devices become in the future.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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