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Taking credit cards with Jailbroken iPhone


#1

Tech in not my strength. Anyone have experience with taking credit
card payments via a jailbroken iPhone? I have T-Mobile service but
not a data plan. I assume I need to add that to take credit cards. I
don’t expect to do that many transactions yearly. Thanks for any info
you can share!


#2

yes, a data plan is needed. i use both jailbroken and 'regular’
iphones. you can use the app store/apps with both types of phones.
just don’t do any iphone system updates with your jailbroken
phone…; ^)

i saw an ad for one app…squareup…but it doesn’t look like it’s
ready. you can read reviews about it at the itunes store. i have
’credit card terminal’ app, but have not processed any sales on
it[…no sales…] i am about to launch a brick and mortar gallery,
and hope to get to use it…finally…


#3

FYI, I have been on the waiting list for a Square swiper since
October, and still don’t have it. Their initial processing limits
are very, very low – somewhere around $100, although according to
their latest status update, which was nearly two months ago, they’re
rethinking their underwriting and their limits:

https://squareup.com/letters/the-home-stretch

I remain hopeful that this will become a good solution, but I
wouldn’t build a business process flow around it. And I have never
received a clear answer about whether it will still work when my
phone doesn’t have a signal.

In the meantime, I’m happy with my ProPay account. I process my
cards manually when I get home, but I have the option of calling
them in or using their processing app on my phone if I get a large
sale or hinky feeling about a transaction. And I don’t think Square
will ever be able to completely replace that account.

No relation to either company except as a customer and a wannabe
customer.

Best,
Lori
Lori Paximadis
virtuallori.com


#4

Hi Michele,

Do you know the name of the IPad app that has the shelving for
product? I’ve only seen this with the library for books bought
through the IPad app and didn’t know one could be downloaded and
customized for ones own productions.

Thanks,
Silani


#5

I’ve been using CC Terminal on my iPhone 3GS linked to my Paypal Pro
merchant account. I have been very happy with the app. You will need
either 3G or wifi data access to be able to process the transaction.
It does not support offline transactions (nor do any of the other CC
processing apps to my knowledge.)

Chris


#6

What does jailbroken mean?

Lynn


#7

You guys should all look into go payments from intuit. Same folks
that do quickbooks and turbo tax. Works with droids iphones and I
believe blackberries. No need for a terminal but you get cheaper
rates if you do use the Bluetooth one you can purchase. Clears to
your bank account in about 2 business days. No commitment either.
Check it @ intuit.com


#8

Apple might call it tampering; but it allows one to use somebody
other than AT & T for their iPhone. AT & T has a bad ‘rep’ in
coverage.

KPK


#9
What does jailbroken mean? 

Specifically it means to modify the operating system so non-Apple
approved apps can run on it. Usually the Apple OS is dumped
altogether in favor of the more flexible, non-proprietary Linux.


#10
Specifically it means to modify the operating system so non-Apple
approved apps can run on it. Usually the Apple OS is dumped
altogether in favor of the more flexible, non-proprietary Linux. 

If one uses mobile devices for entertainment it is one thing, but
business applications, like credit cards processing have different
requirements.

I would never process credit cards on jail-brokent iphone. So called
"software flexibility" is also means low resistance to computer
viruses. Jail-breaking iphone is akin to leaving house door unlocked,
with valuables piled up in the middle of living room.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#11

The code was changed so that the phone runs on T-Mobile service
rather than ATT service. There is probably nothing different than
with a regular iPhone. I’m mostly curious if anyone has use Square Up
to take credit cards.


#12
Specifically it means to modify the operating system so non-Apple
approved apps can run on it. Usually the Apple OS is dumped
altogether in favor of the more flexible, non-proprietary Linux. 

If I had a phone hacked by some one else, or using someone else’s
software, I would assume a back door had been installed.

Al Balmer
Sun City, AZ


#13

I had heard that once a phone has been jailbroken you no longer get
updates since the system has been changed to allow access to other
carriers. Am I right in this? Someone mentioned that the security
would no longer be effective. This would be a serious concern. If you
are going to use a swiper with your cell phone get one that hasn’t
been hacked by going on craigslist. There are many untampered units
available there for reasonable rates.

Pat Gebes


#14
I had heard that once a phone has been jailbroken you no longer
get updates since the system has been changed to allow access to
other carriers. Am I right in this? Someone mentioned that the
security would no longer be effective. This would be a serious
concern. If you are going to use a swiper with your cell phone get
one that hasn't been hacked by going on craigslist. There are many
untampered units available there for reasonable rates 

apple provides software updates through itunes. usually the
development teams for the “other” iphone softwares work on their
updates as soon as apple releases theirs. so…no… you’re not right
with your first statement. updates DO become available. sadly…if
you are using microsoft driven machines there is a much higher
security risk. it appears, here, that some people don’t realize that
a lot of the security issues that arise from computer use, is
because the user has failed to be security conscious.

If I had a phone hacked by some one else, or using someone else's
software, I would assume a back door had been installed. 

…sigh…this… is…just…plain…wrong… that’s like assuming
that, because a bank gets robbed, that they will sneak money out of
your account to make up the difference on their
books…sheeeesh…!! have you to back up your
assertion, that there are droves of hacked iphones, with their
security having been compromised because they “strayed” from the
path? clearly, i don’t think you will be able to furnish such data.

If one uses mobile devices for entertainment it is one thing, but
business applications, like credit cards processing have different
requirements. 

…does one have an iphone? does one KNOW that a lot of business is
conducted on mobile devices?

I would never process credit cards on jail-brokent iphone. So
called "software flexibility" is also means low resistance to
computer viruses. Jail-breaking iphone is akin to leaving house
door unlocked, with valuables piled up in the middle of living
room. 

sorry to say this…but that is patently absurd…software
flexibility doesn’t mean laziness…they actually have gravitas…
they want to be successful, and they are legitimate… …the
development team for “the other software” aren’t bored eastern
european teenagers using malicious code to wreak havoc on the rest
of us.

there is a lot of “confound-ment” and mis being spread
about technologies, that clearly shows that, some people are
absolutely clueless.