Solo compared with alternatives on the market
To our knowledge, SumUp Solo is the only palm-sized touchscreen terminal that works independently in the US. The fact it only has basic card acceptance functions makes it the cheapest of its kind.
The closest alternative on a low budget is the much bigger Square Terminal that also works on its own, but only on WiFi since it can’t have a SIM card. It is therefore not suitable for on-the-go payments.
Like Solo, Square Terminal has a touchscreen, but a large one with many more free point of sale (POS) features built in. Square doesn’t require a contract, nor does it have a monthly fee, just like SumUp.
Then there’s the much cheaper Square Reader requiring an app, like SumUp Plus but without a physical PIN pad. It has a long battery life and is lighter and smaller than Solo, so might be better suited for mobile merchants who’s okay about connecting it with an app to take payments.
PayPal Zettle offers a different, low-cost credit card reader with a physical PIN pad, but it also needs an app plus a PayPal account for settlement.
Card machines like Clover’s and PAX’s come at a much higher cost and contract lock-in, but they are better for businesses with a high, stable and long-term sales volume.