Groupon Goes Beyond The Dongle, Links Up With Verifone, Ingenico Terminals For Breadcrumb Mobile Payments


Groupon — one of the many players out there along with Square, PayPal’s Here and others looking to get a piece of the action in payments services among local merchants — is kicking off a new expansion for its Breadcrumb mobile payment service that it hopes will bring yet more businesses on to its platform: it’s announcing integrations with Verifone and Ingenico, two of the biggest producers of payment terminals used at the point of sale, so that merchants can use these to process card payments instead of dongles attached to their iOS or Android smartphones and tablets.

As with all of Groupon’s other mobile payments services, this is going live only in the U.S. for now.

The move is a somewhat significant departure, but also a coming of full circle, in the mobile payments space. In the past, companies like Verifone have positively butted heads with the likes of…

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