Twitter founder Dorsey working on iPhone credit card reader

Twitter founder Dorsey working on iPhone credit card reader

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has been outed as the man behind a new system that turns iPhones into credit card readers.

Tech blogs have been rife with rumours about a new project from Dorsey, codenamed Squirrel, for months, with a mobile payments system the main suspect.

Separately, it was reported over the summer that technology used to turn iPhones and iPod touches into credit card readers was being tested in New York.

The Square iPhone Payment System is a piece of plastic that fits in to the headphone jack of the phone. The customer swipes their card in the device which transfers the data to an iPhone app. Once the amount to be paid has been entered, the customer confirms by 'writing' their signature with their finger. A receipt is then sent to their e-mail address.

Now, tech site engadget has identified Dorsey as the man behind Square after noticing that the domain provided on the system's receipts, squareup.com lists its contact e-mail address as togetherbilling@paybysquirrel.com.

Comments: (6)

John Clarke
John Clarke - WorldNet TPS - Dublin 19 October, 2009, 11:27Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

This seems very similar to the solution produced by Way a number of years ago - converting a mobile phone to be a mobile terminal by adding on a card swipe reader.   Of course, the problem Way experienced (outside of the US, you need chip & PIN support) is going to be an issue here as well.  Choosing the iPhone is a smart marketing move - anything with an iPhone angle is well received.

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 19 October, 2009, 11:33Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Anyone seen my skimmer? er I mean iPhone...smiley face

Grant McNicoll
Grant McNicoll - - - Dundee 20 October, 2009, 08:01Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Just when the rest of the world are trying to reduce the number of transactions made using the mag stripe.

Marvellous.

Ainsley Ward
Ainsley Ward - CGI - Toronto 20 October, 2009, 08:10Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Strange someone should mention Way as I was thinking the same thing. Only difference was that Way produced something that was EMV & PCI PED certified using a Siemens mobile and hardware module. However, the current global love for anything on the iPhone should be enough to make Mr Dorsey a few dollars even if his solution is old hat, old technology and laughed at by Canadians...

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 20 October, 2009, 08:26Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Turning a mobile phone to a secure POS is a dream which many of proffesionals are looking for.

However as stated by other comments it is not the right way where even PCI standarts are not seen enough to stop fraudsters.

May be someone focus on combining Iphone madness with contactless trend?

Matt Scott
Matt Scott - Fiserv Inc - London 20 October, 2009, 10:08Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

It would be more useful to investigate the iPod Dock Connector and get a USB PIN Pad interfaced to the unit (surely not rocket science!).

Any investment in Mag Stripe is going to have very limited appeal outside the US.

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