From the start, mPowa CEO Dan Wagner has talked about partnerships being the key to getting his company’s chip-and-PIN mobile card reader into the hands of merchants – and eventually becoming a formidable foe to the likes of Square Inc. in the U.S.

MPowa, a unit of UK-based Powa Technologies Inc., took its largest step toward that end this week in landing a white-label partnership with Portugal Telecom to resell the card reader as part of the telco’s mobile payment system.

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