New EMV Mobile Card Reader Available for Small Businesses

New EMV Mobile Card Reader Available for Small Businesses

January 18, 2016         Written By John H. Oldshue

First Data has announced the release of Clover Go, an EMV-enabled card reader that can plug into any iOS or Android tablet or smartphone. It can process data via WiFi or a cellular connection, which allows business owners to process transactions outside of a traditional brick-and mortar store.

To use the mobile point-of-sale device, business owners simply plug it in and download the Clover App onto their tablet or smartphone. The app can be used to assign dollar amounts to transactions, including taxes and tips, and view all transactions processed on any Clover device used by the business.

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The Clover Go now competes with Square’s reader for chip-based cards.

Clover Go uses TransArmor, First Data’s security tool, to protect customer data. TransArmor utilizes encryption and tokenization technology to make transactions safer.

“While the Clover platform serves businesses of all sizes, Clover Go is especially beneficial for businesses with mobile workforces or entrepreneurs just starting out who want to accept transactions while complying with the EMV liability shift,” said Dan Charron, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Business Solutions, First Data. “Clover Go enhances our Clover product portfolio, which is designed to grow alongside our business owner clients as their needs evolve.”

The information contained within this article was accurate as of January 18, 2016. For up-to-date
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