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Posted By: Alfred K at 5:49 pm

2 Dec 2009

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We’ve been tracking Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s Square since May when we first got the details on the new mobile phone payment service.

Today the company unveiled its website for the first time, and they continue to test the product in private beta. Dorsey twittered that the site is live moments ago.

The idea – let people quickly and easily accept physical credit card payments from their mobile phone. A small device attaches to the phone via the headset/microphone jack. The device gets the power it needs to send data to the phone from the swipe of the card, and sends the information over the microphone connection. Based on the shots below, the device is compatible with both the iPhone and Android (or at least the recently released Droid).

Think paypal, but anyone can now accept physical credit card payments, too. With no contracts or monthly fees. People are sent receipts by text and email.

Dang, this sort of thing is going to revolutionize the drug and prostitution trade. No more needing to carry around 20s, just bring your cell phone! I know I’ve had to pay my dealer a few times via paypal, and it was just such a hassle.

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