The new apps aren’t designed to let you pay for your groceries in the checkout aisle, but rather as a way for person to person money exchange. Say for example you’re having lunch with friends and one of you has to pay on a credit card. Rather than trying to convince the restaurant to run your cards separately, one of you could pay for the meal while the others pay that person with Card.io. Just enter in the recipients email address and you can send money to them, which is deposited in a designated bank or PayPal account.
The apps are free, but a fee of 3% plus $0.30 is charged per use. In addition to the mobile apps, Card.io also announced an improved mobile SDK, to let developers leverage mobile card.io app payments from inside their own apps. The Card.io app competes with PayPal mobile, and to a lesser degree with other online payments, like Square and Google Wallet, although those are aimed more at commerce than personal transactions.
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links: Android Market, App Store