If you represent your business on the go at events and festivals, you’ll want to be best prepared for payments with a reliable mobile payment system that can pay from anywhere.
There are plenty of options available for this use case, so you will want to look for a mobile payment system with sufficient battery life, the ability to accept as many cards as possible and, of course, favorable transaction fees and initial fees. in front of the terminal.
What are mobile payment systems?
A mobile payment system is a point-of-sale device that accepts payments via cards and mobile phones – through mobile wallet apps such as Apple Pay – while you are away from your business premises.
This mobile terminal will typically be linked to a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network, a tablet and an app for transaction insights and analytics.
Here we review some of the best POS systems on the market so you can take center stage at events.
The Clover Go is a credit card reader that can be linked to a mobile phone. It sends digital receipts to customer-provided email addresses and tracks the status of outstanding balances.
Other features include 24/7 support and a battery life of eight hours or approximately 130 transactions (with a one-hour charge).
Cost: Request a quote for terminal. £1 per month for the first six months, then request a quote for costs.
MobileMerchant is Elavon’s solution for accepting card payments via your smartphone or tablet. The money you collect along the way will be in your bank account within 24 hours.
The MobileMerchant offering comes with a portable card reader and a smartphone POS app. It has features such as reporting functions, business analytics and can issue receipts via email and SMS.
Cost: The MobileMerchantApp is free. There is a one-off device fee of £29 and transaction fees start at 1.75 percent.
Shopify’s POS Go functions as a terminal, barcode scanner and card reader. Shopify states that it has “long battery life,” which isn’t very specific, but it seems like once fully charged (which takes between two and three hours), the machine can last an entire day of selling. Ideal if you are going to an event for a day.
If you choose this reader, make sure you have Shopify Payments for your store that it can link to.
Cost: The reader itself costs £299.
With the Square reader you can accept chip and PIN codes, contactless cards, Google Pay and Apple Pay anywhere.
It’s very quick to set up, so you can start collecting payments quickly – ideal if you’re trying to secure an event stall at the last minute.
The funds will be deposited into your account the next business day, but there is an option to do this immediately using Square’s direct deposit feature, which has a 1 percent fee.
Cost: 1.75 percent + VAT per chip and PIN code or contactless payment and 2.5 percent + VAT per entered transaction. The reader costs £19 plus VAT and Square’s POS app is free.
The Air model can accept contactless, chip and PIN, Google Pay and Apple Pay. One battery charge is good for more than 500 transactions – or up to 12 hours.
The money is deposited into your business bank account the next day – even on weekends and holidays, which is not the case with many of the others on this list.
Cost: You’ll pay £39 for the card reader, but it has a lower transaction fee of 1.69 percent compared to its competitors. If you select SumUp’s business account as your payout account, you’ll pay a cheaper transaction fee of 1.49 percent for one month.
Takepays’ mobile payment unit accepts Apple and Google Pay, with a next-day interchange fee. The battery lasts all day and if you travel a lot, a car charger is available. The SIM card connects to the strongest network and, like the Square reader, is quick to set up.
This terminal is slightly different from the others on this list, in that it can print receipts on the spot, rather than issuing them via email or text message if desired.
Cost: Made to measure – contact Take Payments for a free quote.
Wireless terminal solutions
Wireless Terminal Solutions machines accept Apple Pay, Android Pay and UnionPay, as well as credit and debit cards. The mobile payment reader also has 24/7 connectivity without an internet connection.
You have the option to rent a ticket machine – for short or long term – buy one or opt for a refurbished model. The battery life of these readers is typically between 60 and 70 hours.
It takes a few days to get the card machine up and running, which is slower than others on this list.
Cost: Wireless Terminal Solutions rents EPOS for festivals and outdoor events. Discounts are offered for multiple EPOS units.
Worldpay’s Simplicity POS mobile terminal connects to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for remote transactions. The battery has a longer lifespan, but no mention is made of the average length per battery charge.
For businesses with an annual ticket turnover of less than £300,000. Otherwise you will need adjusted prices.
The package comes with next day payment and no hidden fees.
Cost: The Simplicity POS package includes a card payment terminal costing £17.50 (minimum rental period of 18 months) with a transaction fee of 1.5 percent.
Zettle card reader 2
It takes just a few minutes to set up Zettle’s Card Reader 2 so you can start selling right away. You will see the payment in your bank account within one to two working days.
Battery life averages eight hours with a transaction every five minutes or up to 100 transactions on a single charge.
Cost: Zettle charges a fee of 1.75 percent per card transaction. Like some other offers, the card reader costs £29 and the cash register app is free.
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