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Angie’s List merchants can now accept payments with Square

Square Angie's List iPhoneConsumer review service Angie’s List (s ANGI) is partnering with Square to let merchants — service providers like plumbers, housecleaners and painters — accept credit card payments from their iPhones. Square’s technology will be integrated into Angie’s List’s iOS (s AAPL) app, Angie’s List Business Center, rather than requiring merchants to use the separate Square app.

“We’re proud to work with Angie’s List to make life easier for businesses of all sizes,” Square co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said in a statement.

Angie’s List has about 1.7 million subscribers, most of whom pay a membership fee that varies depending on their location (in New York City, it’s $3.60 a month). The company had previously announced in its October earnings call that it would be working with Square, but hadn’t explained the specifics. “The Square relationship fits into a much bigger and more important activity set that’s around deconstructing the local service transactions – measuring it, monitoring it, improving it and enforcing it,” Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle said at the time.

Square, based in San Francisco, has raised over $340 million in funding and has a reported valuation of $3.25 billion.

In a previous version of this post, I wondered whether this was the first time that Square technology has been integrated into an outside business’s app. It’s not: The company told me that the Obama and Romney campaigns also used Square technology.

4 Responses to “Angie’s List merchants can now accept payments with Square”

  1. As a contractor I can definitely see the upside to this, once we have completed a project we can collect payment and potentially have our customer write a review directly to Angie’s List from the iPhone/iPad. That would be amazing because most of our customers who promise to write reviews forget!

  2. I have heard too many horror stories of people who use square. From what I have read, there are square merchants who can’t reach any person at square to solve a problem they may be having. I have also read that there are merchants who have over XX,XXX in some cases being held by square, and if they don’t get the funds deposited soon, they will lose their business.

    I don’t know about you, but that is just flat out unnacceptable that a company who helps people accept credit cards has absolutely NO customer service other than some shoddy email support that annoys the crap out of people!

    I always recommend a traditional marchant account on interchange plus pricing.