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Accessory to enable card scanning for iPhone

Accessory to enable card scanning for iPhone

Any iPhone owner looking to accept payments via credit card on the go will like the sound of a new add-on from manufacturer Mophie which allows precisely this function.

The card reader will attach to the bottom of the iPhone, turning it into a portable payment device that could appeal to budding entrepreneurs and businesspeople of all types.

Mophie is showcasing the new device at the Consumer Electronics Show 2010 this January, although a mock-up has been posted online to give users an idea what to expect.

The development of this credit card reading iPhone accessory is not unique and competition from Twitter prime mover Jack Dorsey's firm Square will be hot on the heels of Mophie's device, with a current run of tests aiming to perfect the Square alternative being carried out.

According to a spokesperson for Square, the credit card reader which it is currently developing will be released for consumer use in the first quarter of 2010, although no definitive launch date has, as yet, been given.

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