Why this wireless carrier is taking aim at Square

As electronic and mobile payments continue to gain steam, the fintech space is attracting more interest from outside players.

T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS, +1.42% is the latest to join the fray, announcing Tuesday that it has launched a new mobile point-of-sale product for small merchants in partnership with Total System Services Inc. TSS, +0.95% a financial-technology veteran. The carrier is following in the footsteps of peers Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, +0.92% and AT&T Inc. T, +2.01% , both of which have merchant-services offerings with partners.

T-Mobile may be teaming up with an established player, but it wasn’t circumspect about its intent to take on incumbents more generally.

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