The best Android app for processing credit cards: Square Register

by Stephen Danos

In a world where customers increasingly eschew cash, it’s plastic or perish. A number of apps have seized on the opportunity, but thanks to a big deal with Starbucks, Square Register has a head of steam. The brainchild of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Square Register has a lot going for it, but a certain future isn’t one of them. Square has been locking horns with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation since January, when the agency delivered a cease and desist order for alleged violation of the Transmitters of Money Act. Our best guess is Square and the state will find a way to make amends. (iOS, Android Free)

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After swiping, customers can opt to have their receipt emailed, texted or printed.

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Customers always have to sign, which can be unwieldy on a smartphone.

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Square allows users to run analytics and sales reports.


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You must own an iPad to sync wirelessly with printers and cash drawers, and gain access to important daily and custom transaction reports.

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Businesses can pay either a flat rate of $275 per month or 2.75 percent per transaction, no matter the card.

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The flat rate is only available for the first $250,000 in sales. After that, Square charges 2.75 percent per swipe.

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Signing up for either payment plan lands you a free Mobile Card Reader. The app is free for download.

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Small businesses need to purchase additional hardware. Square’s Business in a Box bundle costs $300, and another bundle throws in a receipt printer for $600.

 

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