In terms of payment support, SumUp’s Air Card Reader accepts cards from the following issuers:
- V Pay
- American Express
- Diner’s Club
- Visa Electron
You also get mobile payment support for Apple Pay and Android Pay. This is a slightly better card support than Square offers but not quite as good as iZettle while both Square and iZettle also support Samsung Pay, which SumUp currently doesn’t.
As with iZettle’s card reader, you also get a physical keypad on your SumUp reader, allowing customers to type their pin number in on the device. With Square, there’s no keypad on the reader, which means customers will need to type their pin number in using your phone or tablet.
The other key difference is both SumUp and iZettle have a magstripe reader built into their mobile card readers while Square provides you with a separate reader that you need to plug into your mobile device – which can be a little cumbersome.
In terms of pure hardware, SumUp and iZettle offer the better mobile card readers but you also want to consider the supporting software features from each company.
SumUp’s mobile app is a lot more basic than those provided by iZettle and Square. While iZettle and Square offer fairly comprehensive POS system in their free mobile apps, SumUp’s mPOS is a separate paid service and this means you don’t get a great of features in the card reader’s accompanying app.
First, let’s take a look at what you can do with the app:
- Activate your account
- Manage your manage your products
- Create custom shelves
- Create staff accounts
- Send a receipt via email or text message.
- Easily resend receipts
- Optional ability to connect a printer and print receipts (see below)
- Sales history
- Custom Tax/VAT Rates
For more advanced features, such as discounts, tips and online payments, you’ll have to consider SumUp’s mPOS solution or get these features from another POS provider. The problem for SumUp is that iZettle and Square offer a lot of these features for free in their accompanying mobile apps.
If you need these features, SumUp’s low transaction fees might be cancelled out by the free features you get from Square or iZettle.