Homeless Gets Paid With Square/Box

One afternoon at Art Walk in the Design District I had to make a purchase. Now I’m not the type to really walk with cash I’m more your card person. Not sure if I would be able to make a purchase without having cash on me but that afternoon I was in luck. After placing my order I expected to see your average credit card machine that you would normally see in the stores. However, the young lady pulled out her Iphone, swiped my card using the iphone and I signed using her iphone. A receipt was then emailed me to.

I was so amazed at what just took place and I thought this was the coolest thing. Immediately my mind starting getting ideas. Ideas like imagine if I prostitute had possession of this, imagine if a drug dealer had possession of this and imagine if a homeless person had possession of this. Now I’m sure we have all been approached by a homeless person asking for change and we tell them “I don’t have any change/cash on me” well what if they replied I accept credit cards lol What would your reply be?

If you’re in business The Square might just be the App for you. It comes with one simple rate of 2.75% per swipe on all cards, next day payout with automatic direct deposits to your bank account. The setup process takes five minutes or less so you can take your first credit card payment in minutes. Last you get a Free reader and the download app is also Free Visit their website for more details at http://www.squareup.com

The video below is my spoof on the square that I called The Box. Hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for Part 2 – Prostitute Accepts Payment Using The Square/The Box
Part 3 – Drug Dealer Accepts Payment Using The Square/The Box.

8 thoughts on “Homeless Gets Paid With Square/Box

  1. Roger, I believe you hit the jackpot and your video is going to go viral. It was just posted on Google + by a tech reporter named Mike Elgan. Perhaps you can stop in and join the conversation and tell me if my interpretation is correct or I am reading more into it than I should. Here is the discussion:

  2. I realize this is a spoof … and, frankly, I think it demeans homeless people and underappreciates greatly how mobile payments already are being used in the “developing world” for social good.
    And, of course, these donations would not be tax deductible, either.
    I really do have a sense of human, but you missed the mark here.
    At the end of 2010 there will be 3.8 billion mobile subscriptions in the developing world – that’s 73 percent of global subscriptions.
    Why mobile Web in Asia will snowball:

    1. Size
    Asia is the most populous continent with the biggest nations. China (world population rank: 1) and India (2) have populations of over a billion and are respectively four times and three times larger than the third largest nation USA. Indonesia (4), Pakistan (6), Bangladesh (7), Russia (9) and Japan (10) are also in the top 10.
    There are already far more mobile subscriptions in China and India than there are people in the US. eMarketer predicts there will be more mobile Internet users in China at the end of 2010 than there are people in the US.

    2. Low PC Internet in developing nations.
    Internet usage in China in 2009 was 28.7 percent; India, 7 percent; Indonesia, 12.5 percent; Pakistan, 10.6 percent; Bangladesh, 0.4 percent; Russia, 32.3 percent; Philippines, 24.5; percent Vietnam, 25.7 percent (Source: Internet World Stats). Note: these figures may include mobile phone access to the Internet, so PC access could be considerably lower.
    This low PC Internet penetration makes it much easier for mobile Internet usage to overtake PC Internet usage than in more developed countries such as the US (world population rank: 3): 76.3 percent, Japan (10): 75.5 percent; or Germany (14): 63.8 percent. Though Japanese mobile Internet usage is catching up fast, conservatively estimated to be used by 62 percent of the population by Christopher Billich.

    3. Demand
    For developing nations where access to other media has been limited, mobile is the great enabler. In developed nations, (for the majority of people) mobile is an alternative to PC access, it’s the Internet while on the move. For people in developing nations, mobile is and will be their only access to the Internet and all the services that folk in the developed world now take for granted such as online banking, money transfer, email, up-to-date weather and news, commodity prices, commerce, government services. Mobile has much more potential to transform lives in developing countries than in developed nations. See this Interview with Ogilvy’s Barney Loehnis and the Mobile Guide to India for more on this.

    4. Momentum
    The China Internet Network Information Center report for January 2010 suggests that dramatic growth in mobile means mobile access to the Internet has already surpassed Web access in China; it says:
    “China’s mobile phone users have showed rapid growth. By end of December 2009, the number of mobile Internet users reached 233 million, accounted for 60.8 percent of the total number of Internet users.”
    While mobile Web stats for Russia at 23.6 million (16.9 percent of the population) and India at 12.1 million (1 percent of the population) in 2010, according to eMarketer are a bit pale in comparison with China (mobiThinking is still searching for statistics on other Asian nations), annual growth is very strong at 31 percent for Russia and 100 percent for India.

    5. People power
    The operators take a lot of credit for the boom in mobile Internet in Japan – they invested in high quality networks and 3G coverage and from the early in the last decade (unlike Western nations) priced mobile data to be affordable for consumers and introduced fairly priced revenue share models for content providers. If the developing nations emulate Japan’s example, and introduce affordable flat-rate data plans for consumers and make data prices inviting for content providers, they will unlock potential demand far greater than in Japan.
    Take India for example, according to the Internet & Mobile Association of India there are currently 127 million mobile subscribers with Internet-ready phones (that’s more people than live in Japan and bigger than Germany and UK combined), but only 12 million have actually used them to access the Internet.
    Content providers in Asia are campaigning for cheaper data, see this interview with Ian Stewart, head of Asia, Friendster – this social network has actually started introducing its own all-you-can-surf plans with local operators.


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