Square has dominated the US market, but newer credit card readers by SumUp also work with a mobile app. How do their fees and features stack up?
Square offers invaluable tools for US merchants, but does it live up to the hype? We review terminals, features and more.
What is a card not present transaction? We explain the different types (yes, there are several), security concerns and how merchants can prevent fraud.
Is Worldpay or PayPal best for over-the-phone payments? We compare the fees, customer service and user experience.
Get a discount on SumUp's card readers with our voucher code. Read about how to claim this special offer.
PayPal card readers can be handy for online and face-to-face merchants alike, but it's not for for everyone. What are the pros and cons?
Barclaycard Anywhere's card reader is a basic solution for occasional card payments. Does the low card fee make up for the basic app?
PayPal Here and iZettle’s card readers are similar in many ways but vary hugely on fees and payment systems. We highlight important differences.
Payment gateways encrypt, forward and authorise card payments online, but how do they work?
Now that everyone’s got a smartphone, it’s no surprise the payment industry is going mobile in a big way. Just like most consumers today, merchants now expect ease of use, great flexibility and synchronisation across devices. The answer to card payments? Compact card machines enabling you to take payments [...]
Elavon MobileMerchant is a mobile card reader without contract, monthly fees or revenue requirements, but it falls short with pricing.
Update: Amazon Register was discontinued in February 2016, so this review is no longer updated and the information will be out of date. For current card readers in the US, read about Square and the alternatives. Our rating Amazon's POS [...]
UPDATE: T-Mobile shut down Mobile Money on 27 July 2016, so this review is no longer updated and will be out of date. While T-Mobile never revealed any customer data, it did not seem to generate a lot of enthusiasm and traction with customers. The company said in a statement [...]
On average each Norwegian citizen paid by card 417 times in 2016, beaten only by Iceland in the worldwide ranking. With fewer Norwegians carrying cash, even the smallest of vendors find that not accepting card payments is hurting the bottom line – badly. But before we look at the [...]
A late-bloomer in credit card payments, Germany is now embracing mobile card readers. It is one of the leading countries in the world in technological innovation, yet when it comes to payments, Germany has been among the most conservative in Europe, holding on to the cash economy. True, the [...]
The leader in the mobile point of sale race in the UK, iZettle, offers easy integration with small business accounting software Xero. What does this mean, and what are the benefits for small businesses? One of the advantages offered by mobile payment applications like iZettle is that it allows small merchants and [...]
Credit and debit card processing machines, or PDQ, process data quickly, machines, are no longer optional for small and medium-sized businesses: they are a necessity, as checks are on the way out, and there is a global trend toward a cashless society. With plastic card usage on the rise, businesses need [...]
When iZettle first launched a few years ago, it was compatible only with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Since then, the service has added several countries in Europe and beyond, but it has only gained compatibility with Android devices. No Windows Phone, no BlackBerry. The same applies for iZettle's main [...]
Note: Payleven and SumUp merged in April 2016, and the new company will operate under the name of SumUp. Payleven ceased to exist as a brand in 2016. You can check out our article of Payleven alternatives for the app-based mobile card readers currently in the UK market. In 2015, Payleven offered [...]
In the wake of the Target data breach in late 2013, which exposed the credit and debit card accounts of 70 million holiday shoppers, both investors and merchants have started searching for alternatives to upgrade outdated payments technology. Are mobile point of sale (mPOS) systems part of the solution, or do [...]