Square, a growing mobile payment service company based in San Francisco, has released Card Case for the iPhone. Card Case acts as a virtual wallet that allows users to make payments directly through a Square account at local businesses, doing away with the need to present a credit card to make purchases.
Using Card Case requires a Square account, which is free. The app will automatically list local participating businesses using the iPhone’s GPS capabilities. Selecting a business from the list will show its menu and other information. To make a payment, you must tap the “Use Tab” button to essentially check in to the business and then simply tell the cashier your name. The business will then charge the purchase to your Square account.
Square has created a video demo to show how Card Case works:
Square also updated its existing Square app this week, most notably eliminating the signature requirement for transactions under $25.00. The full list of what’s changed in version 2.1 is as follows:
- Improved transaction speed
- No signature required for transactions less than $25.00
- Improved tipping interface
- Added support for $0.00 price points
Square first debuted in the App Store in April 2010 for the iPad only, receiving an update the following month to add compatibility with the iPhone and iPod touch.
Both Square and Card Case work with the free credit card reader accessory available at no charge with a Square account. The card reader allows users to accept payments via credit card from anyone.