iZettle is an application that allows merchants to accept card payments via their iPad or Android device.
Applying for an iZettle account is as simple as setting up Paypal, although businesses will need a credit check before receiving a payment facility. The merchant downloads the app, completes a form with their details, and connects it to their bank account.
The card reader that comes with it costs £20 upfront, but Independent Merchant Services offer a £20 voucher that can be used towards transaction fees.
iZettle was launched in Stockholm in Sweden in 2011 and has since become operational in 10 countries including the UK, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Brazil.
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iZettle is known as a card reader that plugs into a mobile phone, but behind it is a powerful EPOS suite which lets you run your whole business from a tablet or smartphone. This can provide great advantages for merchants in remote locations such as market stalls or other mobile sales operations.
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iZettle Payment Options
Merchants using iZettle can take payments in two ways:
Via a Card Reader
This connects to the merchant’s iPad and processes the payment. The customer signs the card reader, which takes a photograph for additional authorisation. The fees for this service are 2.75% per transaction.
Without a Card Reader
A merchant using iZettle who has a merchant account can start the iZettle app, select the manual payment option, and enter the customer’s mobile phone number. The customer receives a link to a secure website on their phone, which they can follow in order to authorise the payment.
The merchant then receives a message confirming that the payment has been authorised. Of course, the no-card method requires the customer to have a smartphone with 3G access. The fee for transactions processed this way is 0.1p plus 3.5%.
The iZettle is primarily designed for small merchants at trade shows or fairs for whom the cost of renting a terminal for a short time is unecessary.
The rates are more expensive than those of a standard payment gateway, but the lack of any other fees and the extremely simple set up process make this an ideal solution for occasional usage.
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