I'm going out of the country soon, and I lay in bed last night wondering how I would avoid exorbitant roaming charges if I received calls or accessed the local data network in my destination country. So I did some research and have included some tips below that will help make sure you don't incur any fees when traveling internationally.
While we were visiting the Square booth at Macworld, we noticed that they also had one of Apple's point of sale devices with them. When we asked how they got one, they told us that the device is actually made by a company called Infinite Peripherals. After some digging, we found that the company offers the unit for sale along with an SDK for creating apps to work with the device. It's not really a consumer-based device, but if you're a retailer looking to do POS using an iPod touch, you should definitely check out the Linea-Pro.
At Macworld last week, Square Inc gave a public demo of their iPhone payment system to expo-goers and announced that it would be available to the public by the summer. For those who aren't familiar with the system, Square is an iPhone application which allows anyone to accept payment by credit or debit card using the signature Square Swiper.
The big announcement is that, when Square goes live, the iPhone app will only cost $1 and the card swiper will be included for free. There will be a transaction fee of 2.9%, but users of the system will not need a special bank account to accept payments. The system is still being tested, but Square believes that we could see it launch as soon as April, although it may come as late as June or July.
Also coinciding with the announcement, Square released their official "Welcome to Square" video, which they showed to members of the Square Pilot Program. Some of the information in the video is only relevant to users in the program, but it shows off how well the system works. Check it out below!
Square, Inc's credit card reader for the iPhone and iPod touch has been getting lots of attention since their site was launched last year, and for good reason. It's still being beta-tested, but when it becomes publicly available, the reader has the potential to allow anyone to accept payment via credit card right from their iPhone. I can see it being used at farmer's markets, garage sales, small businesses; just about everywhere.
I've personally been able to play with the system and it's just as cool as it sounds; plug a little block into your headphone jack, load up the app, and you're ready to accept payment by card. Unfortunately the unit I played with was having some trouble, but Kevin Rose got together with the guys at Square to record a full demo of the unit. Check it out below!
Software developer Mophie announced its intention to enter the mobile payment market on Thursday by unveiling details of a credit card reader peripheral for the iPhone. When released, the device will allow users "complete financial transactions on the go."
The device will ship with a companion iPhone application to handle the payment and, unlike some current peripherals, is designed to remain attached to the iPhone for long periods of time, resting flush with the iPhone's casing.
A while back we heard that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was working on a new start-up payment service that would let users make payments from credit card accounts using their iPhones. The result is Square, and it is now open to trial users. It has a solid feature set, and works with a hardware add-on that can swipe cards. Payments are even verified using email or viewed online in real time.