Square NFC Card Reader to Bring Apple Pay to Small Businesses

Apple Pay is expanding in all directions, bringing in more retailers that accept the nfc payment and more countries as well. Yet, whether or not Apple Pay truly becomes the new standard depends largely on small businesses adopting the mobile payment service. Square, which has already made it a lot easier for small businesses to take plastic money, is now venturing into mobile payment with the launch of its NFC card reader.

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Square announced the launch of its NFC reader on Monday, providing 100 card readers to small businesses previously unable to accept the contactless pay. Square’s NFC card reader will work like other NFC terminals: the patron can hold their phone over the reader and it will accept payment without direct contact. Or, a customer with a chip credit card will be able to enter the credit card into the small square. Square’s official website is taking reservations for the reader now. It will be available for $49.


Small businesses that were a part of Square’s launch include Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago and New York City-based Cafe Grumpy coffee shops, according to USA Today. Owner of Cafe Grumpy, Caroline Bell said the service is “superfast and that was something people were really interested in us having.”

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