Who needs NFC when you can pay wirelessly right now using Square?

By , Mar 26, 2012

NFC (near field communications) technology has been a rumored “upcoming” iPhone feature for quite some time now. It was supposed to turn up in last year’s model (obviously it didn’t). And of course it’s expected in this year’s release.

What’s the big deal? Well NFC is the backbone of many mobile payment systems. And everyone is waiting for Apple to enter that space. But why wait for NFC, when you can pay wirelessly with your iPhone right now using Square?

You might recognize Square as the company who makes those tiny square-shaped credit card readers that, in conjunction with iOS hardware, are replacing bulky cash registers one by one. But this doesn’t have anything to do with that.

Square also makes a wireless payment app that allows you to pay for goods and services (where accepted) by simply saying your name. The app, which was originally called Card Case, received a major update last night and is now ‘Pay With Square.’

Mobile payments don’t get much easier than this. Once you’ve downloaded the app, simply create a Square account and attach it to an active credit or debit card. Without having to click through any menus, the software shows you all of the businesses in your area that accept Square as a method of payment. Now all that’s left to do is try it.

I had the opportunity to check this out for myself at a coffee shop this morning, and I must say it’s exactly as MG Seigler described it: Magic. All I did was give the cashier my name, and I was quickly on my way out the door, digital receipt in hand.

The only obstacle I see for this payment service is adoption. I would say that I live in a medium-sized city and there are only a handful of businesses within 5 miles that accept Square payments (although there are many more within 40 miles).

But unless you live in a tiny town (population 500 or something), I highly recommend you download the Pay With Square app and see if there are any compatible businesses in your area. It’s completely free, and worth trying out at least once.

Have you tried paying with Square yet?

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  • Anonymous

    I love this frickin’ company!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angel-YoDuh-Castillo/674406718 Angel YoDuh Castillo

    I just downloaded this over the weekend. It’s awesome!

  • Juergen Hoebarth

    LOLL this is just a headline making people to click, NFC is not only for payment and loll loll loll most people have no acces to square, because only being available in USA does not mean its the world:)

  • Anonymous

    Just crashes when I try to start it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garza-Dave/1712273629 Garza Dave

      Same thing happened to me. Then I looked in the reviews and saw that other ppl who had jailbroken iPhones had the same issue. For some reason it crashes on jailbroken iPhones.

      • Anonymous

        Installed it on my jailbroken ipad and it started. Turns out theres only one company within 90 miles that uses it so its useless to me anyhow

      • Anonymous

        This company is close to an IPO. Once that happens you will see it in more places.

    • Walcy Carroll

      i get the same thing, the app freezes or crashes on jb iphone, is there a fix?

  • http://twitter.com/wikkedwulf being mended

    i cant find it on the app store. is it available in the UK?

  • http://twitter.com/wikkedwulf being mended

    It’s not on the app store! Is it even available in the UK?

  • Anonymous

    And what happens when hackers start making fake businesses and charge people for nothing.

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      The same thing that happens when hackers enter in you bank account, or some one memorize you credit card number and name (which is the only thing I need to buy online) or wait outside the door of the businesses and they punch you and steal your phone and cash.

      • Anonymous

        The difference is the only thing merchants need to charge your account with this service is your name. I’ll stick to plastic or cash until real NFC is added