Small businesses and service providers in Canada will soon be able to accept credit card payments using Intuit’s GoPayment app on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices.
Launching GoPayment in Canada is the first step in Intuit’s plan to distribute their credit card app globally. This will be the first mobile payment option available in Canada that does not have any start-up or equipment costs, long-term contracts or monthly fees. Users will only pay a small fee for each transaction.
GoPayment allows users to quickly ring up sales by creating and selling from a list of frequently sold items right on their mobile device. It quickly processes the payment while keeping credit card data secure. Customers can also sign to approve the transactions and request a receipt by text or email with a map of where the purchase took place.
Additionally, new users in Canada and the U.S. will receive a free, newly-designed GoPayment card reader. The updated card reader is a compact, cylinder-shaped device that attaches to the audio jack of most iOS and Android devices. It has a silicone sleeve that fits over the phone or tablet, increasing the accuracy of each swipe by preventing the reader from moving or spinning when swiping a card. The new design will also provide greater security with its end-to-end encryption, protecting customers’ sensitive credit card data from the moment the card is swiped.
“We’re taking two big steps forward today: announcing GoPayment in Canada, and releasing a new and improved card reader,” said Chris Hylen, vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Payment Solutions division. “This is part of our strategy to offer GoPayment internationally and to innovate in ways that make it easier for our customers, in all markets, to never miss a sale.”
GoPayment in Canada and the new card reader will both be available in early 2012.