New Credit Card Processing APPS on Android Phones and iPhones
Many small business owners and operators are looking for ways to accept and process their customers’ credit cards via mobile technology such as smartphones and tablet computers. Being able to use this technology to accept customers’ credit cards will allow a business to accept customer payments at any place that the business owner or his or her employees can carry one of these devices and gain access to a network.
In fact, this demand is typical of an overall increase in demand for merchant account payment options. Many business models require that the business and its employees be able to accept payments from customers in locations other than a traditional brick-and-mortar storefront. In fact, many new businesses do not have a traditional storefront that their clients can visit; making alternate merchant account payment options a necessity.
Recently, credit card reading devices and applications have become more widely available for technologies such as tablet computers and smart phones. A business using one of these credit card readers simply attaches it to their smartphone or tablet computer through the device’s data port.
Next, an application should be downloaded that both transmits the credit card data to the processor and creates a record of the transaction. There are a number of applications that can be downloaded. Some of these applications are specific to the hardware that is installed on the mobile device. Other applications, however, allow a business owner or their employee to process a credit card without any special hardware.
These types of applications are great for cases in which a business doesn’t want to attach a credit card reader to its mobile devices. With these applications, it is possible to have the business owner or an employee enter in a customer’s credit card number manually. This means that a business can process customer credit cards anywhere that it has a secure internet connection for its mobile devices.
The best cell phone credit card processors are able to handle both types of credit card payments while offering low fees and great customer service. New business owners should look for processing companies that meet these criteria.
After swiping a customer’s credit card or entering the number manually, a record of the transaction is created through the app. Next, the card number and other relevant customer information is transmitted to the payment processing company. When looking for an app to process credit cards, a business owner should make sure that both the software of the app and its transmission of data is both secure and PCI compliant.
Credit card processing apps with good customer service will typically deposit funds from the transaction into a company’s bank account within twenty-four hours. The customers of a business can opt to receive their receipt instantly through e-mail or text message, or a business can pick an app that lets it issue its own receipts.
Downloading a new app and using this new technology can be a good way for a new business to start accepting credit cards without having to pay the large upfront activation fees and initial equipment costs that new businesses have had to pay in the past.