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Mobile Credit Card Reader Plan Comparison: Paypal, Intuit & Square


Get paid anywhere by taking credit cards with your mobile device. A credit card reader can be attached to a mobile device and is now a solid reality.  It is no longer "leading edge" and there are now many companies going head to head to offer you the more opportunities to get paid.  This is especially helpful to a business that needs flexibility, a large work space, in the field, or changing locations.  

Here is a comparison chart to show you the difference between Paypal, Intuit GoPayment and Square:

mobile credit card reader plan comparison

Square:  Square started in 2010 by Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter.  Some say it is Square that was the inspiration for readers like the PayPal Here and Intuit GoPayment. The Square is a tiny little square that you can swipe your credit card through, and it connects through the headphone jack on your device.

The PayPal Here reader and Intuit GoPayment readers both bring an easy to use card reader and are able to maximize since they are already two major financial firms. 

Paypal:  PayPal is already known internationally for being one of the most common online payment processing options and hopes to bring its PayPal Here reader to the many users of Paypal. The PayPal Here reader is a small blue triangle that sits atop your device on a slight angle.

Intuit:  Intuit is known by its popular products like QuickBooks and TurboTax.  Intuit also has provided financial services support.  The Intuit GoPayment is a larger pill-shaped reader, with a silicone cover on the back that lets it sit evenly across the top of your device.  Intuit’s GoPayment reader is pretty basic but is very durable.  Intuit released two versions of the software, phone and tablet edition. 

This was not meant to serve as a complete analysis of mobile credit card reader alternatives. There are many more available.  

The take away:  Think from the point of view of your customers and make it easier for them to do business with you.  They have already gone mobile, be ready.

Topics: Merchant Services Mobile Payments Mobile Marketing