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#1 User is offline   Macworld 

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:21 AM

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:28 AM

I couldn't get Square to work on my iPhone 3G but it works fine on my iPad 3G. Cool tool.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:54 AM

Nice -- I've been waiting for my Square reader since May 11, and Rich Stevens somehow has a bagful that he's handing out to random people? I was being patient, but this news is making me cranky.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:12 AM

It did take a while for my reader to come, but every since I got it, I LOVE it. Its perfect for me since I may only get asked if I can take a credit card once in a while.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:13 AM

I'd really love to see a comparison of all these services as well as hardware used for them.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:13 AM

Saw this hooker in Vegas the other night. She was fondling this guys credit card and her iPhone at the same time. Didn't make much sense at the time.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:32 AM

I use Square for personal use and love it. It does take a couple days for the transaction to hit my account, but not a real issue. I get pre-paid Visa gift cards as a bonus at work sometimes and it's great to swipe the card for the amount and then get the cash. I don't know anything about the other ones mentioned, but for me, Square is awesome... highly recommended even if you aren't a small business...
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:05 AM

The problem for us with Square–and I don't know about any of the others yet–is that there service is abysmal. No, make that almost non-existent. At least abysmal can be identified. For many people, I am sure the experience is great, but you'd better pray to the Digital God that you never have a problem. Square will not be of much use. Like many young internet-based companies, they try to not expend anything for service, which certainly helps keeps costs down but doesn't do much other good.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:49 AM

I just got the Square reader, too. It's cool and works well, but on the iPhone you can't charge sales tax (you can on the iPad, apparently). Until that happens, it's a no-go for me in retail situations...
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:09 AM

Not available in Canada, only customers with USA bank accounts. crummy.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:20 AM

The big question to be answered is if this product combined with the iOS device stores the credit card information on the device permanently, allowing the owner of the device to view that data later. If so, that is a significant privacy issue and ID theft risk. I would never use that as a payment option.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:37 PM

It's not just for small time retail either. My law firm takes credit cards using Square on the iPad. It takes some of the pain out of paying for them to sign their name on the iPad and get an email right away. It also allows me to take credit cards where ever I meet my clients and that allows me to do house calls. That gives me an advantage few others have, a personal touch. Technology at its finest.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:07 PM

View PostScottM, on 09 November 2010 - 06:54 AM, said:

Nice -- I've been waiting for my Square reader since May 11, and Rich Stevens somehow has a bagful that he's handing out to random people? I was being patient, but this news is making me cranky.

Maybe you need a visit from Santa?
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:15 PM

Are there any privacy issues with such a device? After all it has the potential to store your credit card information.
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