Aircharge announced BlackBerry support last summer for their credit transaction system, and have now launched a Bluetooth version, the Air Blue Pro, for even more flexibility. The $495 unit lets your swipe credit cards, print receipts, transmit data to your BlackBerry then out over the cellular network to complete sales. It looks like the system is limited to American networks for the time being, unfortunately.
Pipeline Data has announced that its Aircharge system is now compatible with a range of BlackBerry devices. The AirPro service lets you make over the air credit card transactions using a BlackBerry 8300, 8800, 8700, 8100, 7780, 7290, 7280, 7130 or a 7100. Right now, it’s only available on Dobson Cellular, but since AT&T’s going to be picking it up, anyone else under the AT&T umbrella shouldn’t have any issues signing up once the deal goes through. I guess until near-field wireless transactions get ironed out, we’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way. That is, if you can call taking someone’s piece of plastic, translating its magnetic strip into a signal which is emitted into the sky, received by giant towers, and transmitted to a multinational corporation which temporarily supplies funds for goods and services old-fashioned.