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Intuit's mobile credit card reader, aimed at small to midsize businesses, is free after a $30 rebate and the activation of a GoPayment account.
This story initially misstated the rate charged for keying in a card manually on the basic plan. It is 3.7 percent.
The company combines old and new by linking QuickBooks Point of Sale with its mobile, swipe-and-pay GoPayment product. In the race for customer data, it's all about the platform.
Intuit's mobile payment service is now free of monthly charges and comes with a free credit card reader, much like rival Square.
The company's GoPayment mobile credit card reader and service will be free until mid-February as an incentive to convince more small businesses to sign up.
With a demo set for Google's I/O conference, Intuit is looking to modify its GoPayment service to use wireless near-field communication technology, eliminating the need for credit cards or card readers.
Smartphones are central to several companies' plans to make payments--either through mobile credit-card readers or by using the phone in place of a credit card.