Intuit Inc. said Monday that it is offering its GoPayment mobile payment service with free card readers and no monthly service fees to small merchants who sign up by mid-February.

Launched in May 2009, the GoPayment service enables mobile merchants to accept payments through Intuit's online gateway. The readers, supplied by Roam Data Inc., work on a variety of smartphones. Though the monthly fee is waived, merchants would still pay transaction fees.

"We really wanted to target those small merchants, or microbusinesses, that process less than $1,000 per month," an Intuit spokeswoman said in an interview.

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