If you don’t own a smartphone, this post might not interest you. If you do, you should head over to Square and pick up one of their free smartphone credit card readers for free. Or if you’re an Apple fan and are in one of their stores, you can now pick one up for $9.95. Sounds like a scam, right? Lots of people are confused / upset with Apple over this, but they didn’t take the time to read further on the product page and realize that you actually get a $10 credit with the purchase of the reader (you earn a nickel by making the purchase).
I was able to finally put my reader to use this past week, selling crafts with my wife and kids – raising money to return to Cambodia (and take our 3 girls). The transaction went through without a hitch. I read further (after being curious about how it worked) and it appears that the microphone picks up the audio, sends it through the processors and then is routed to Square’s software application on the device (encrypted and no data is stored locally).
So, here’s my question. Is your church going to be the first to get rid of their tithing baskets and start accepting gifts via smartphones (with Square reader attached)? Dave Ramsey might not think this is a great idea, but the number of families who don’t carry cash are growing almost as fast as the families cancelling their cable / satellite and going with web-based or over-the-air digital television.
Maybe churches could have a few of the devices available in their lobby for accepting tithing before or after the service. Would this kind of tithing work for you / your church?
EDIT: After reading through the comments, I am now curious if Square will find a way for the reader to work with apps of NPO’s or other charities? Wouldn’t it be great to open up the site / app of an organization you’d like to make a donation and donate using the reader?