Need a "credit card swipe" attachment for an iPhone app

curiouswebster
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I know there are many iPhone/Android insertable "credit card swipers," but those only work with PayPal, Square, or whichever brand that hardware is associated with. So, I need a generic one.

Does anyone know of one or more of these gadgets which can be plugged into a smart phone and configured to be an input device by an iPhone or Android app?

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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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Commented:
There are no generic ones.  Accepting credit cards requires you to have signed up for 'merchant services' with some service (like Paypal or Square) that will process the cards for you.
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I understand that. I need to advise a credit card processor which has an iPhone app. Right now, the user must key in the credit card number, which is a pain.

I'd like to find an easy solution for them to add card swipe capabilities to their app, and hope that does not include the need to contract to manufacture new hardware.

Hence, I need a "generic" device by a device maker that could stand to sell a lot of copies of it's accessory.
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curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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Zactly!
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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To anybody that is looking for the same, please read my answer in the follow up question as you can not use a reader that takes clear text as an input for a mobile app.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29069232/iPhone-app-integrating-a-Mag-Strip-Reader.html#a42374497

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