Apple Now Selling Square's New NFC Reader for Apple Pay and Contactless Payments

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    Square has announced that its new NFC reader that enables small businesses to accept apple pay, Android Pay, and other contactless payments can now be purchased from Apple online or in U.S. stores for $49.

    The reader is compatible with NFC-equipped smartphones, including the iPhone 6 or newer, and contactless EMV chip debit and credit cards based on technologies like American Express ExpressPay, MasterCard PayPass, and Visa payWave.

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    The small square-shaped reader functions like other NFC-enabled payment terminals, allowing users to wave an iPhone, paired Apple Watch, or contactless EMV chip card near the reader for a few seconds to complete a purchase.

    The NFC reader, which connects wirelessly with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, also works with EMV chip cards that are inserted for Chip-and-Signature payments. Square includes a magstripe reader in the box for accepting traditional swipe payments as well.

    Apple Pay is accepted at more than 1 million locations in the U.S., but its early rollout has mostly been limited to larger franchises. Square's new NFC reader, and similar products, will help expand Apple Pay to smaller businesses across the country.

    Article Link: Apple Now Selling Square's New NFC Reader for Apple Pay and Contactless Payments
     
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    Better start switching from the 3.5mm jack reader now, its days are numbered :p.
     
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    If Apple made this piece of hardware it would also retail for $49 ;-)
     
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    Is it available ex-US? It has a chip reader, too. Here in Europe chip and PIN is the norm so the old Square (reading the magnetic strip) never took off.

    And do power and data come through a lightning port? I'm curious.

    Edit: looked it up and square is still not offering any hardware ex-US. The US NFC reader is 2 parts, connecting via bluetooth and powered by USB.
     
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    Apple Pay in Canada is an abomination. Even if a place accepts Amex, sometimes they don't accept Amex as tap to pay. And even if they accept Amex as tap to pay sometimes they don't accept Amex with Apple Pay...its very frustrating, I hope that the banks in Canada get on board soon
     
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    Square website says for power: "
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    Charge the battery and connect wirelessly, or plug it into the Square Stand USB hub."

    I can't find any information on it's availability outside the US.
     
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    Be vocal, and vote with your feet. That's what I've started doing with merchants in the US. I'm tired of having my credit card numbers stolen, and merchants are getting told that all of the time.
     
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    So how does this connect to your phone to accept payment, bluetooth?
     
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    Its wireless
     
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    My local coffee shop got one of these, and no-one has any idea that it supports apple pay or that it's wireless. They keep it out of reach & plugged in. On the bright side, when I ask them to bring it out to let me use Apple Pay, they are surprised and delighted.
    Square's (now dead) wallet app had a similar problem. No cashier understood it.
     
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    Canadian banks have been so far out in the forefront with chip and pin and tap and go that they're reluctant to give up any share of money to Apple. The US still trails the rest of the world in bank card security and hence the call for Apple Pay. It's probably going to be a long time coming to Canada.
     
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    Yes, I am frankly baffled as to why Square didn't bother to make it all-in-one card reader (magstripe, contactless, chip), replacing the need to keep 3.5mm headphones jack based magstripe reader.
     
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    Bluetooth is correct. I have updated the article for anyone else curious.
     
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    Fourth paragraph.

    Edit: Nm, I guess the story was updated.
     
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    Same in my location, spotty. One store accepts NF, the next is only swiping and or chip, and then there are some who still only accept certain cards. A real mess IMHO. Not just a Canada issue, if that helps.
     
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    $49 is just too expensive. I get there is more tech in this by far than the free strip reader they gave out, but cmon. $25 would have been more than fair still.
     
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    I'm guessing they want people to buy this and the Square Stand.
     
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    When American Businesses are told they have to upgrade to usable EMV readers or face fraudulent charges in cases of stolen credit cards and data breaches, even though the rest of the world did this years ago...

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    Where are you shopping where your card numbers are being stolen? On second thought, that's neither here nor there. If you're tired, you're tired. I'm just still amazed when I see people say they avoid x store because of the lack of Apple Pay. I always imagine them driving by stores for miles searching for that one store in the area where they can use it.
     
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    I am somehow relieved to see the same mess in the US and Canada. Talking about Europe, particularly Switzerland, there are countless attempts and systems, attempting to get customers to use them. One system disappears, the next one appears as app or virtual creditcard-wallet - each one with it's own reader, working in A with C, but not in F with P or just in F, but then only with Q - and so on. Besides the attempt to get our money (make profit with our payments) they have almost nothing in common. Annoying. It's best, just to ignore them.
     
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    To a business, $49 is a small investment. The device helps people make money.
     
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    You're kidding me right? You save $49 of your first transaction fees after buying the reader.

    Try buying a Verifone MX925 and see how much one of those goes for.

    Give me a break.
     
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    Perhaps you are right. Although it would make more sense to update Square Stand with integrated EMV and NFC reader.
     
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    Super curious when Apple will let an iOS device accept an Apple Pay NFC charge natively. All the hardware is there.

    Actually, Apple could make a card reader, process everything through the Apple Pay system and completely take over the small-biz cash register business. People are already using iPads/iPhones with Square or sometimes PayPal or sometimes ShopKeep for "cash registers".
     

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