Even Zeller Terminal is cheaper ($299 incl. GST) than Square Terminal ($439 incl. GST). However, Square Reader is the most affordable card reader in Australia for $59 incl. GST – a price point that Zeller does not match.
What about terminal connectivity? Since Square Terminal only works with WiFi, there is no need for a SIM card, and Square Reader uses the internet of your linked phone or tablet for payments. Zeller Terminal, in contrast, is reliant on a SIM card you pay extra for, unless you’re just using its WiFi connection. Any SIM card will do for Zeller Terminal – Zeller sells its own for $15 monthly.
There is no minimum monthly sales volume required on either platform, so you’re free to use it as much or little as you like without additional fees. Refunds and chargebacks are also free at both companies, as are any payouts.
What about additional services apart from an EFTPOS reader? Zeller doesn’t yet have paid subscriptions of any sort, whereas Square has a plethora of extras:
- Square for Restaurants POS software: $0-$129 per month
- Square for Retail POS software: $0-$109 per month
- Square Appointments POS software: $0-$79 per month
- Square Online ecommerce software: $0-$85 per month
- Square Loyalty: $49-$149 per month
- Square Team Management: $0-$35 per month
Many Square features are also totally free (apart from a fixed transaction rate) including a virtual terminal, payment links, QR code ordering, a basic online store, the general POS app, email invoices and gift cards.