Griffin and Square unveil the Merchant Case for the iPhone

Ian Hardy

January 5, 2014 2:18 pm

Square, the mobile commerce platform that was founded by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, recently unveiled a thinner Square Reader. This little gem enables entrepreneurs and small business owners to start accepting payments via their mobile device, and also brings the ability to track inventory and trends through Square Register.

Square has announced today a partnership with Griffin that solidifies their strength into the growing mobile transaction space with the “Merchant Case.” This is a “protective case optimized for a Square Reader,” costs $20, is made of silicone and is compatible with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. The Merchant Case is nothing pretty, but will protect your iPhone from bumps and drops and has a custom-molded Square Reader slot on the back that holds the dongle when you’re not making transactions. In addition, for easy swiping, Griffin has designed a groove at the bottom that secures the Reader in place.

This is part of the “Works with Square” program that will see more accessory makers develop products. Square is available in 3 countries — Canada, United States, Japan — and recently passed over the $16 billion in mobile payments, with Canadian business processing over $100 million.

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Source: Griffin
Via: TechCrunch, MarketWired

  • bigshynepo

    How about a handset manufacturer team up with Square to build the card reader into the frame of a phone? No dongle would sure be nice. I could see something like that being appealing for entrepreneurs and contractors, as long as the mechanism was durable.

  • cartfan88

    After Twitter became a big hit…I guess any stupid idea has a shot at mega-success.

  • Columbo

    The “dongle”? Really?