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Mobile payments' war on fees
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Going back to the debut of the free Square card reader, the mobile payments market has made fees — or the lack of fees — a major selling point.

This trend goes beyond hardware sales or even the mobile point-of-sale niche. The pricing pressure is felt especially strongly when digital technology has an opportunity to cut costs.

Not all experiments in pricing succeed. But combined, they are creating an overall awareness of how much it costs to handle a payment — and how much fat can be trimmed from that process.

This listicle is compiled from reporting by PaymentsSource writers including John Adams, Kate Fitzgerald, David Heun and Brielle Diskin. Click the links in each item to read more.