To try out Square’s service, we signed up for an account via the website. We were asked for our name, Social Security number, and how we would be using the service. We also had to specify if we were an individual or a specific type of business. The entire process took a couple of minutes.
After installing the mobile application and receiving our free Square in the mail (it usually takes three to seven days), we were ready to begin accepting payments. As long as we swiped quickly enough, we had no issues with cards not being read. After you enter in the amount of the purchase, there’s a handy option to add a note or a picture (either from the photo gallery on your device or from the camera) to accompany the transaction. After you press the Charge button at the top right, Square authorizes the charge.
On the following screen, the customer signs for the charge using his or her finger. It may not be the most elegant signature you’ve ever seen, but then again, neither are the ones scrawled on credit card slips. There is an option for a receipt, which can be sent either via text message or e-mail; or you can skip this screen. The final screen displays the transaction amount and a button that returns you to the initial input screen for the next customer.
Overall, Square’s mobile payment system was fast and easy to use. In fact, it was actually one of the simplest apps we’ve ever tried.