Inner Fence, which makes the Credit Card Terminal application for Apple Inc.’s iPhone, on Sept. 1 announced it is shipping the Credit Card Reader, which attaches to an iPhone’s dock connector.

The Seattle-based company is offering the Apple-authorized card-swipe device for free to new merchants. Additional units are available from Inner Fence’s website for $79, according to the company, which is working with Merchant Focus, a Dublin, Ohio-based merchant-account payment gateway, to help with distribution.

The company says it is shipping Credit Card Readers for 3G and 3GS iPhones now and will have iPhone 4 units available in the fourth quarter.

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