Square Inc.’s Mobile Card Payment Reader for Tablets and Smartphones

Square Inc.’s Mobile Card Payment Reader for Tablets and Smartphones

Originally posted at www.triella.com in February 2015

This article introduces and discusses this rather new technology that is certain to make an impact with mobile small businesses, and independent service professionals.

Square Inc. started in the U.S.A. in 2009, and arrived in Canada in October 2012 where Canada’s strong small-business population and payments innovation made it a natural choice as Square’s first international market. Square’s presence in Canada also includes an engineering office in Waterloo. The Square Inc. website for Canada can be found at https://squareup.com/ca

THE MOBILE CREDIT CARD READER

Square Inc is continuing to develop more products, but the current offering that is making the most buzz is their Mobile Card Reader. https://squareup.com/ca/reader

This little Credit Card Reader is extremely small and plugs into the headphone jack on any Apple Iphone & IPad, or any Android smartphone or tablet.

Accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express) anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.

Card payment information is immediately encrypted the moment a card is swiped and no information is stored directly on the device. It meets the industry standards for PCI DSS security.

There are no upfront costs to the Square Business Partners. All payment swipes are processed at a 2.75% fee, and payments are deposited into your business bank account next day.

As long as you are a Business, sign up for free. Provide your shipping address online and Square will send you a free card reader. Alternatively, you can pick one up at your local BestBuy, Apple Store, Shoppers Drug Mart, Home Depot or Amazon.  You can also request free signage to use at your place of business.

THE REGISTER APP

The Square Register App is free to download on Apple IOS or Android’s Google Play.

Square Register gives you everything you need in one free point-of-sale app.  Free app updates keep you equipped with the latest features.

  • Apply discounts and taxes.
  • Enable staff to collect payments on your behalf.
  • Send receipts via email or text message, or print them out.
  • Issue partial or full refunds.
  • Print or email sales reports.
  • Get paid faster with online invoicing.

It even allows businesses to capture customer signatures at the time of payment, by having them simply sign on the tablet or smartphones touchscreen.

If you are a mobile small business, Independent service contractor, or a professional Consultant, looking for an inexpensive way to accept credit cards and help you compete with the bigger players, this maybe the answer you have been looking for. Sign up is free, the reader is free, and the App is free.  This is going to be the future of Credit Card Processing for Businesses and the future is here today!

Paul Comtois is a Client Support Specialist at Triella, a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Paul can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.

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