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Square adds AT&T to list of card reader distributors

Mobile payments startup's credit card reader will now be available for purchase at 1,000 AT&T stores in the U.S.

Square's card reader in action.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani

Square has added to its list of retail partnerships with the announcement today that AT&T will begin selling the Square Card Readers at its stores.

The mobile payments startup's credit card reader will be offered at 1,000 AT&T stores, making Square available at more than 20,000 retail locations in the U.S., including at Apple stores, Best Buy, FedEx Office, RadioShack, Target, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart.

"AT&T stores are a convenient retail destination for purchasing Square Card Readers, offering entrepreneurs the ability to purchase all of the devices they need to run their business in one place," Square's Jeffrey Kolovson said in a statement. "Square Card Reader makes it easier than ever for businesses to get started and grow using only their mobile device."

The card reader, which has a suggested retail price of $9.95 with a $10 rebate upon signup for new users, plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Credit cards can then swiped in the device and processed. The company charges 2.75 percent per swipe for Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

The mobile startup has been busy inking partnerships, recently announcing an extensive deal with Starbucks that includes a $25 million investment from the coffeehouse giant. Square will process credit and debit card transactions at U.S. stores, and Starbucks customers will be able to make purchases with Pay with Square -- Square's payer app -- at Starbucks locations later this fall.