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Old Dec 9, 2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Square Adds Passbook Integration and Gift Cards




Square CEO Jack Dorsey today announced via Twitter that Square has added gift card capabilities to its iOS apps. The gift cards come alongside Passbook integration, which allows customers to send Square gift cards from local retailers and redeem them with Passbook.

Both of Square's iOS apps, merchant and consumer, have been updated to reflect the new changes.

Square Wallet, the consumer half of Square's payment system, gives customers the ability to purchase and receive gift cards from any retailer that uses Square Register to process payments. Many small businesses that previously didn't offer gift cards will now be able to via Square.

Square Register, which is designed for merchants, lets business owners accept the gift cards using a QR code, Square Wallet, or Apple's Passbook.

Square says the process is a simple one.
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With Passbook integration, iOS users don't even need to access Square Wallet, which greatly simplifies the act of giving and receiving gift cards. This update will likely add a significant boost to the $10 billion per year in payments that Square already processes, and it is also a huge boon for independent retailers.

Both of Square's apps, Square Wallet and Square Register, are free downloads in the App Store.

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Old Dec 9, 2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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This would be awesome if more than one local business used square in my area
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As a merchant, Square Register sounds interesting to me. Given the sheer number of payment swipe devices now (Intuit, etc), one wonders how many offer services like this to merchants.

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This would be awesome if more than one local business used square in my area
There's like 15 near me, and I live in a pretty rural area.
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There's like 15 near me, and I live in a pretty rural area.
There's a Starbucks 3 miles away but everything else is like 20+ miles away from me. So looks like I live in a more rural area
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I had my first Square transaction last month. The retailer spent about 20 minutes trying to get my payment to go through. I wasn't impressed. And that little swipe reader looked so fragile...
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So that's what one of my customers brought in yesterday. She kept talking about Square and I had no idea what she was talking about. The only problem is I couldn't scan the dang thing, I tried multiple times. I can scan a gift card through our company's app but not through Square.
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But the gift receiver needs Square Wallet for this to be received, right?

That's going to slow things down, just like how no single 'SMS Replacement App' ever became halfway as successful as iMessage has. Having to call someone and say "install this thing so I can send you this other thing" is always a big hindrance.

It would be nice if Passbook can grow to where it can just accept things directly from an e-mail...so I could send from Square and the receiver could just approve the e-mail and have it go to Passbook even if they've never heard of Square before.
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But the gift receiver needs Square Wallet for this to be received, right?

That's going to slow things down, just like how no single 'SMS Replacement App' ever became halfway as successful as iMessage has. Having to call someone and say "install this thing so I can send you this other thing" is always a big hindrance.

It would be nice if Passbook can grow to where it can just accept things directly from an e-mail...so I could send from Square and the receiver could just approve the e-mail and have it go to Passbook even if they've never heard of Square before.
That's how it works right now. Passbook passes can be accepted from either your iOS/Mac mail client or your web browser.

For Square's gift card service, I suspect you will need the Square client to receive the gift. In general, Passbook passes don't need any special iOS app or client to redeem/use. You use the built-in Passbook app.

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How long before Apple kills off Passbook. It looks like a disastrous failure to me. In the UK I can think one company who offer Passbook integration, and that's Starbucks. At the moment they are a very unpopular company over here. After that I'm stuck to think of another company that supports the service.

If you use the App store and try and search for apps that offer the integration, there just isn't a search function there for this.

To me it just looks doomed at the moment, no one seems to be clamouring to support this standard.
The AppStore does not list all Passbook apps.

Check the Passbook wiki page for a list of Passbook apps and services worldwide:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passbook_(application)

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That's how it works right now. Passbook passes can be accepted from either your iOS/Mac mail client or your web browser
Then Apple's biggest problem is education because every time I read about Passbook it seems to work a different way.

I'm pretty sure it's not actually changing every week which means that Apple has done a terrible job of explaining it.
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Then Apple's biggest problem is education because every time I read about Passbook it seems to work a different way.
That's because it is used in many different ways. See the wiki link above for examples.

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I'm pretty sure it's not actually changing every week which means that Apple has done a terrible job of explaining it.
Yap, and that too !
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