Square UK Card Reader Review

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Square Card Reader Review


Square UK
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Support Options
  • Email
  • FAQ
  • Telephone
0800 098 8008

Payment Processing

Transaction Fees
  • 1.75% Per Month
Monthly Fee
Cards Accepted
  • American Express
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Visa Electron
Settlement Days
Digital Receipts
  • Email
  • Text
Mobile App
Staff Accounts
Card Reader Cost

Square UK Card Reader Review

The Square brand has quickly grown from a single mobile card reader and now has many features for a small business to take advantage of including a unique POS (point of sale) system, Square for restaurants and Square eCommerce.

Square has an unrivalled feature set, easy to understand pricing (transaction fees are 1.75%) and quick setup which outmanoeuvres some of the more established companies in this marketplace. Established in 2009 by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Square.com (formerly Squareup) is easily the most advanced mobile credit card processing system on the market.

The low transaction fee cost (1.75%) is the biggest reason to choose Square as well as no monthly contract and no monthly fee. In addition to the low fees, there are plenty of add-ons to add even more value to the overall package - Virtual Terminal (allowing you to process party not present transactions for mail order) invoicing and recurring billing are all features that most other operators charge for. You'll also get advanced analytics and an API for integration with EKM, Shopify or BigCommerce

The only upfront cost you'll have to pay is for the card reader hardware which at the moment is on special offer for £19 (Normally £39) until 30th November 2018.

Square Card Reader Quick Overview:

  • No long-term contracts or early termination fees
  • No setup or startup fees
  • No monthly payment processing fees
  • No statement or reporting fees
  • No additional fees for American Express, corporate or international cards
  • No refund fees
  • No chargeback fees

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Square Card Reader

Using the Square card reader you can accept mobile chip and pin or contactless payments wherever you can obtain a mobile signal and as there is no contract or monthly fee it is the cheapest possible way to get started taking mobile payments. Of course, you will need an Android mobile or iPad with a roaming mobile connection to be able to process card payments. You connect your card reader wirelessly via Bluetooth to your device and you are ready to go.

No Payment Gateway Required

You won't need to have an additional payment gateway with Square because Square's hardware and services create an end to end payment processing system. The customer's payment details are captured at the point of sale and payments are routed directly into your business bank account from a central holding merchant account within one to two days.

Transparent Pricing

  • 1.75% transaction fee per tap, insert or swipe in-person payments
  • 2.5% transaction fee for in-person payments where the card number is entered manually
  • 2.5% transaction fee for online payments with our e-commerce API

There are no monthly charges and no additional fees. Flat rates include everything from PCI-compliance fees to interchange and chargeback fees.

Accepted Credit And Debit Cards

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Maestro
  • Visa Electron
  • Vpay

You can also accept Android Pay, Samsung or Google Pay and other NFC payment gateways.

Square App

Square offers a free Point of Sale app for both Android and Apple devices (Smartphones and Tablets).

The app is free of charge however you can’t process payments without the Card Reader. 

Square iPad App

App Features

  • Process payments right on your device.
  • Record cash and other forms of tender.
  • Customise your products with photos, names and prices.
  • Send receipts via email or text message.
  • Apply discounts and issue refunds.
  • Access real-time sales data and complete sales history.
  • Track inventory in real time.
  • Connect to a receipt printer, kitchen ticket printer, barcode scanner and cash drawer.
  • Send invoices free from your Square Point of Sale and get paid faster (2.5% fee applies to invoices paid by card).

Data Security

  • Data security (PCI) compliance covered
  • Free dispute management
  • Active fraud prevention and notification of suspicious activity
  • End-to-end encryption

Hardware Combinations

There are a number of USB hardware combinations including a Square stand, charger, barcode scanner and receipt printer options.

Square Hardware Combination


Click Here To Get Your Square Card Reader For Only £19 (Offer Available Until November 30th 2018)


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