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    VeriFone SAIL review: mobile payment processor has some impressive features

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:50 am

    VeriFone, one of the largest payment-processing companies around, developed SAIL after startups such as Square successfully created a new market to provide very small businesses with payment-processing services. SAIL comes with a free card reader and an app for iOS 4.3+ devices; the company plans to add Android phone and tablet support in the months to come. Using the SAIL pay-as-you-go plan, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards for a per-transaction fee of 2.7 percent, or 3.7 percent for keyed-in transactions. The transaction fee for American Express cards is higher, at 3.7 percent.
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    PayAnywhere review: a feature-rich mobile payment processor

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:50 am

    With PayAnywhere's free card reader and app for iOS 4.0+ devices, Android 2.1+ phones (but not tablets), and BlackBerry 4.7+ devices, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards with a transaction fee of 2.69 percent per swipe. Keyed-in transactions are subject to a fee of 3.49 percent plus 19 cents.
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    Intuit GoPayment review: processing system includes a sturdy card reader

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:44 am

    The Intuit GoPayment mobile payment processing system includes a free card reader and apps for iOS 4.0+ devices and most Android phones and tablets. Using this pay-as-you-go service, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards for a fee of 2.7 percent of the total sale for swiped transactions, or a 3.5 percent fee for keyed-in transactions. Opt for Intuit's $13-per-month subscription plan, and your fees drop to 1.7 percent per swiped transaction, or 2.7 percent per keyed-in transaction.
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    Square mobile payment system review: tiny reader, simple apps

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Square offers a free card reader and app for iOS 4.0+ devices and Android 2.1+ phones (it also works on some Android tablets, but none are officially supported). Through the Square service, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards for a transaction fee of 2.75 percent per swipe. You have the option of waiving signatures for charge amounts less than $25 (but customers can't add tips unless they sign). The fee for keyed-in transactions is 3.5 percent plus 15 cents. You can issue full refunds (but no partial amounts) within the app or via the Square Web interface.
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    Four mobile payment systems tested and compared

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    Accepting credit cards used to be expensive and complicated: You needed to set up a merchant account with a bank, you had to buy or lease a card reader, and you had to pay a setup fee, subscription fees, and fees on every sale you made. Today, a swarm of credit card processing apps for smartphones and tablets has rendered the process easier, cheaper, and highly mobile.
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