Slideshow Many Choices for Micro Merchants

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  • May 25 2012, 1:12pm EDT
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Square

Square is pushing past its original market of babysitters and gardeners with its Register app, which it says is robust enough to replace conventional point of sale systems.

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Intuit GoPayment

Intuit's latest update to its GoPayment card reader uses the phone's GPS to calculate the proper local sales tax. Cash can't do that.

VeriFone PayWare

Why didn't they call it the Ver-iPhone? PayWare was VeriFone's first attempt to compete with Square for small merchants.

VeriFone Sail

VeriFone's smaller Sail reader will eventually include open-source software so that tech-savvy merchants can use it with their existing systems.

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PayPal Here

The card reader isn't even a necessary component for PayPal's Here. The app can read cards using the phone's camera.

Card.io

Card.io provides the tech behind PayPal's camera-based card reader.

Flint

Flint uses an optical character recognition system to read card account numbers using a phone's camera. (Image: ThinkStock)

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Jumio

Jumio isn't strictly mobile. Desktop computer users can also read cards with a webcam using Jumio's tech.

Checks

Merchants can also use a bank's remote deposit capture service to deposit checks on the go. (Image: ThinkStock)