posted on Sep, 28 2012 @ 07:17 PM
Apparently it is now possible to swipe credit cards from your mobile phone. There are several service providers out there, one of which is through
PayPal. The idea is intriguing but I just watched this video explaining how it works and was a little horrified:
How PayPal mobile credit swiper works
To sign for the transaction people write their name on your touchscreen. The same touchscreen that you later press against your face. Even with
vigilant sanitizing I'm not too keen on this. It just seems like a sketchy idea.
I'm wondering if anyone has used this app for their business? And alternatively has anyone paid for goods and services this way? There are other
providers as well such as Square
Call me behind the times but I have never heard of this before. In the little research I've done I note that the phone I have (HTC Inspire) is not
compatible with these readers (and I just got it last December - drives me nuts how often a person has to upgrade. And hell no I am not getting an
The reason I'm asking is I have a convention to go to in a few weeks and would like a way to accept credit card payments without a monthly service
fee (we have "need to swipe" scenarios rarely - everything else is done online).
Any advice about any of the services, or reasonable ways to swipe on-site occasionally without a monthly service fee, would be appreciated. We're
filmmakers and have sporadic transactions at best. In this plastic age going cash only at the point of sale is bad business.
Or if you just want to discuss this whole idea of using your phone as a community payment device I'm happy to discuss that too!