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Best iPhone Credit Card Acceptance Apps

Last Updated: February 5, 2014

The top iPhone credit card processing applications make it easier to run your business from anywhere (Also see: Best Android Credit Card Processing Apps). Whether you are selling crafts at a trade show or providing in-home services, you can now accept credit cards with your iPhone through a variety of applications. These low cost apps also make for great backup processing options in the event of a service disruption from a primary processor. Below are our top mobile credit card processing picks based on pricing, customer support, and user satisfaction.

#1 TOP PICK – Flint

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Flint Logo

Flint, a service offered by Flint Mobile, Inc in Redwood City, California, rates as the best mobile credit card processing app due to its low cost, ease of use, and live customer support. The service has only been available since late 2012, but it has already established itself as the best payment app for most small businesses.

The primary innovation that separates Flint from its competitors is the method by which it accepts card payments. Rather than using a dongle or a card reader to process payments, Flint allows merchants to simply read a customer’s credit or debit card information with the cameras in their smartphones. These images are not stored on the merchant’s phone, and the payment is processed in a few quick steps after the card data is collected.

Rather than charging different amounts for keyed or swiped transactions, Flint charges 1.95% for all debit card payments and 2.95% for all credit card payments, with no monthly fees, early termination fees, or other recurring costs. Flint also boasts online and mobile invoicing, customized email receipts, check and cash acceptance (iOS only), coupons and Passbook integration (iOS only), basic sales analytics, and live customer support. It’s easy to sign up for the service and there is no associated hardware besides a merchant’s smartphone.

The only potential drawbacks for some merchants may include Flint’s seven-day deposit limit and the fact that Flint does not accept American Express cards at this time. If a Flint user processes more than $1,000 in any trailing seven-day period, the amount in excess of $1,000 may be placed in reserve for 30 days. Additionally, as with most credit card processors, merchants will have to independently sign up for American Express acceptance through American Express. Flint’s deposit limit has not received any complaints at this time (as opposed to Square’s former, similar policy), and it is standard within the industry for merchants to set up AmEx acceptance independently of Visa and MasterCard acceptance.

You can learn more in our full Flint Review, or visit the Flint website.


#2 - GoPayment

GoPayment Logo

GoPayment Logo

Intuit’s GoPayment ranks as the second-best mobile pick for a variety of reasons but mostly because it is the only one that serves both micro-merchants and high-volume merchants equally well. Like many of the picks in this list, GoPayment offers a free setup, free mobile app, and free card reader. Additionally, GoPayment offers the ability to have no monthly fees while only paying processing fees for the transactions you run.

GoPayment stands apart from most of the competition in three primary ways: First, the company has a dedicated customer support phone number where most other providers rely solely on email support, which can be notoriously slow. Second, GoPayment offers an additional account type for $12.95/mo that better serves mid-to-high volume merchants by lowering their overall processing fees. Lastly, GoPayment uses Intuit’s Merchant Services processing network, which many believe makes for a more secure application. The service also meets PCI Compliance (data security) standards, whereas some argue that certain competitors, such as Square, may not.

You can learn more in our full GoPayment Review, or visit the GoPayment website.

#3 - Inner Fence

Inner Fence Logo

Inner Fence Logo

Inner Fence, which also owns “Swipe” by AppNinjas, is a joint venture with Merchant Focus to offer a mobile credit card terminal for Apple and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows computers. Of the other picks in this list, Inner Fence offers the widest platform availability enabling merchants to use the system on just about any of the devices they own. Features include most found with the other picks in this list, but with card readers available for computers as a standout option. Inner Fence offers unlimited phone support and email support, as well as service in Canada. The only drawbacks are a monthly fee of $20 to $35 (depending on your location and business type) and that the service also requires an Authorize.net payment gateway account in order to use the card reader, which may subject merchants to additional fees. As of this review, Inner Fence only offers one card reader for free with additional readers costing $79 each.

Learn more in our Inner Fence Review, or visit the Inner Fence website.

#4 – PayPal Here

PayPal Here Card Reader

PayPal Here

Although PayPal was one of the first digital payment methods to gain widespread popularity on the Internet, its mobile processing app is relatively new to the market. In fact, PayPal has restructured its account types to incorporate mobile technology and is leveraging its existing user base in an attempt to become the dominant mobile credit card processing player. Users of the system must first sign up for a PayPal account and then install the PayPal Here application on their smartphones. From there, PayPal will send the user a free card reader which can be used immediately. PayPal Here works in conjunction with a user’s normal PayPal account, so all the transactions are tracked and stored in the same place. Additionally, PayPal offers a variety of customer support options including phone support and email support. The only drawbacks that have been reported so far appear to be issues with the app itself, so it looks as if PayPal may still have a few bugs to work out. With three different account types, PayPal can serve businesses of most processing volumes.

Learn more in our PayPal Here Review, or visit PayPal.com.

#5 – SalesVu

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SalesVu Logo

SalesVu is a software development company that has partnered with Mercury Payment Systems to offer a mobile credit card processing application for the iPhone, iPad, and iTouch devices. The application is feature-rich and nearly acts as a full mobile Point-of Sale (POS) System. Some of the most useful tools the application offers are features such as cash drawer management, bar-code scanning, pre-programmed prices, and employee timekeeping. SalesVu is best suited for established businesses that process credit cards on a daily basis, have multiple sales representatives, and/or desire a basic POS system. This sentiment is mirrored in merchant feedback with reports stating that the signup process is much more in-depth than most other mobile payment apps.

See our SalesVu Review for more detail, or visit the SalesVu website.

#6 - ProPay Jak

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ProPay Logo

ProPay Jak comes in fifth only because of its card reader cost ($39.95) and annual fee ($49.95 or $69.95 depending on account type), which makes it less than ideal for new and low-volume merchants but ideal for mid-volume users who regularly accept credit card payments. The additional features that ProPay offers over many of the picks in this article make it a great solution for most businesses. Some of these features include the ability to store encrypted payments for later charging if a phone is not getting service at the time of sale, storage of customer information for future billing or refunds, and use of ProPay’s virtual terminal which comes with a variety of its own features including detailed tracking and reports. ProPay also has month-to-month service agreements, no processing minimum requirements and lower processing rates than most of its competitors (except for GoPayment’s advanced account).

You can learn more in our full Propay Review, or visit the ProPay website.

#7- Square

Square Logo

Square Logo

Square is top notch in terms of function and style. There are no startup costs, no additional merchant accounts or payment gateways needed, and no monthly fee or processing minimum requirements. Square is ideal for individuals, low-volume merchants and micro-merchants, and businesses that want an occasional mobile option or credit card processing backup.

Square does have some limitations that may dissuade mid-to-high volume merchants. For instance, Square lacks a dedicated merchant support phone number, which has caused hundreds of complaints to be filed on our review of the company. In addition, the Square’s policies regarding holds on swiped (card-present) transactions lack transparency, and there are numerous reports from users complaining about experiencing sudden, long-term holds without explanation or notification.

You can learn more in our full Square review, or visit the Square website.

#8 – Pay Anywhere

Pay Anywhere Logo

Pay Anywhere Logo

Pay Anywhere is a mobile credit card processing application launched by North American Bancard. The service is similar to that of GoPayment and Square with many of the same features. In addition to being compatible with iPhone and Android devices, Pay Anywhere can also be used with the Blackberry. The company offers email support, FAQ pages, video tutorials, and phone support; however, it appears that calls are routed to North American Bancard’s traditional call centers which receive numerous complaints of poor service in our review of the company. Like Square, merchant feedback suggests that Pay Anywhere uses fund holding as a primary defense against risk, which can cause problems for legitimate merchants. The service appears to be best suited for low-volume and micro-merchants who can swipe the majority of their transactions.

Learn more in our Pay Anywhere Review, or visit the Pay Anywhere website.


Additional (Unrated) iPhone Credit Card Processing Apps

Roampay
Roampay is the perfect device for those who do not want to deal with an extra device because a swipe is not required. If you prefer to swipe the card a small swiping device is available. It operates under your current data plan, even if it is just pay as you go. There is a secure web interface that will allow you to enter credit card data from your PC or Mac. The cost to download the application is only $3.99.

ezPOS and AirePoint
This system allows you to download your inventory information to your phone so you do not have to type it in with each sale. It also comes with a card reading device that you attach to your phone so you can actually swipe credit cards instead of having to key in the card data. It does not store sensitive data and does not use excessive battery power to operate. The application can be purchased for $9.99 on iTunes.

Pocket Terminal
The pocket terminal is a device that allows for multiple accounts. This is ideal if you are running several different businesses or if you want multiple accounts for other reasons. It has an easy-to-use search feature that lets you search by the last four digits in a credit card number or by the name on an account. It will work over WiFi or over the cell network. There is a one-time fee of $9.99 to purchase it from the App Store, otherwise your only costs are merchant fees charged by your bank.

IPPA
This application works on iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch. At just $4.99, this is one of the top iPhone credit card processing applications because it allows you to add several employee accounts to help keep your accounting in line. It has a high quality interface that is easy to use for sales, refunds, voids, credits, authorizations, or post only transactions. You can access your transaction data all day and everyday at the Online Merchant Center.

iTransaX
This application is an excellent choice for anyone who loves their iPhone. The design of the phone is set up to look and feel just like your iPhone so it is comfortable and easy to use. The application is just $4.99 and allows you to send email receipts and collect customer data all from your phone. If you want to you can set it up so that other iPhones can charge to the same account so that several employees can collect money at different locations at the same time.

iAuthorize

The iAuthorize application is only $1.99 and has some unique features that make it perfect for certain businesses. These include a space for tips and the option for recurring bills. It can also do voids, credits or refunds, and capture holds. While mobile you can look at your transaction logs and shipping information, which makes managing your business on the go much simpler.

iCCPay
This app is the first one that was specifically designed for the Australian gateways SecurePay, eWay, and DPS Payment Express. It can support multiple accounts, refunds, and multiple currencies including AUD, USD, GBP, EUR, NZD, and CAD. The cost to purchase this application is currently $43.99.

SWIPE
One of the best features of this application is its rock-bottom low cost. At just 99 cents it is one of the least expensive but still feature-loaded apps available. It allows you to capture digital signatures and email receipts. You can customize the receipts to your business, track customer orders and shipping, and add a tip.

Credit Card Terminal
Like many of the other applications this one allows customers to sign with their fingertips and provides an email receipt. You can use the contact interface to quickly and easily add a customer to your address book. It processes payments as well as full or partial refunds. This application is 99 cents on iTunes.

iMerchant Pro
Features on this 99-cent application include signature capture, refunds, password protection, GPS tracking, and full transaction details. The process for inputting data is fast and easy to use, and the user interface is quite professional looking.

These iPhone credit card applications can help you to run your business more effectively. The ability to collect credit card payments in the field can greatly increase your bottom line. Not only will you get paid faster but you will avoid the added cost and risk of billing customers after the fact. With so many options available to accept mobile payment, there is no reason not to take advantage of them. We live in a mobile world and if you and your business are not part of it you should get on board before the train leaves the station without you. If we are missing any great apps that should be included in this list, please let us know in the comment section below.


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  1. Barry

    Hi I have used them all for business. I had huge problems with intuit GO. After charging just
    $500. They froze my last one for over a month. Getting to right person on phone was stressful.
    After they finally realized it they took a additional $10 or so dollars in fees to cover some made up problem.

    I now use EMS, Paypalhere (nothing beats money available immediately)
    And stripe, and square. One not mentioned on your list. Thanks for your article for us small business
    Guys to keep under the rolling amounts I switch between all 4 to keep under the rolling holds.

  2. Teresa McClellan

    I have recently heard about ems card swipe. Do you know anything about this company for accepting sales on iphone or ipad? I do a seasonal boutique with about $90,000 in sales in a four day period in March, May, September in November. What do you suggest?
    I currently have a landline machine and a wireless terminal that I need to return if I cancel my contract.

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Teresa,

      None of the providers in the list above are great choices for needs. You need to work with a traditional provider that has a mobile app and card reader. I can’t speak for EMS Card Swipe, but check out the “Custom Provider” section at the bottom of this article as they are better equipped to handle your processing volume: Best Credit Card Processing Apps For Real Businesses

  3. Anne

    RoamPay was a complete fiasco. Wow what a bunch of clowns. Once I got approved, which took several weeks (and they had to FedEx my reader because I needed the thing for an event), I cancelled the service the following month – that was December 2012. Today, March 2013, I received yet another bill for services. I sent my account rep three requests to cancel the service and stop billing me. I was given an 800 number by the rep so that I contact the corporate office to cancel my own account! DO NOT USE THIS SERVICE

  4. nasimius

    Are they water proof? I need for for the salt water for collecting beach camping fees

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Nasimus,

      You would need to check directly with the providers, but it is doubtful that any of them are waterproof.

  5. FeoNow

    Does anyone have experience using the reader with a LifeProof case on the phone?

  6. Charles

    Hello,

    I work as a for-profit event planner for non-profit organizations. Donor tracking is HUGE for non-profits. Do any of these solutions allow us to save purchaser’s contact information (Name and email address) in order to build the non-profit’s database? I currently use Square and this does not seem to be a feature. Thanks!

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Charles,

      I believe that GoPayment, Inner Fence, and SalesVu will allow you to do this.

  7. Barbara

    Hi Phillip,

    How does the PayPal iPhone/iPad credit card processing stack-up against the others? Thanks

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Barbara,

      PayPal’s mobile service is still pretty new to the market and I’m still measuring merchant satisfaction; however, you can see my current review here: PayPal Here Review

  8. Jennifer Morgan

    Thank you for this article. I’m having a hard time deciding between Square and GoPayment. I’ve read other reviews that speak of the ease of signing up and getting funds transferred overnight on Square, but that there are a lot of issues with their reader (therefore, you have to key manually a lot and pay more as a result). With GoPayment, the main negative I hear is that it takes a little more to sign up and that the funds take 2-3 days to transfer. At first I was leaning more toward GoPayment, but I like the ease of set up and overnight funding of Square a lot. The main thing that concerns me with Square is their card reader. Have you heard of this issue getting any better (most recent articles I have found are dated late 2011 and early 2012, but cannot find anything in the past two months).

    And have you tried the Mophie case from GoPayment. Apparently that is around $80 and is a far superior reader but you have to sign up on the monthly plan, which I wouldn’t want to do (this is for trade shows which are not every month, so it would not be worth it for me).

    Lastly, I have searched the internet and have not found a reader or app that supports the Nexus 7 Tablet. Do you know of any?

    Thank you very much!

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Jennifer,

      Although I do see reports about card reader problems with Square, the most common complaints are regarding fund holding and a lack of telephone customer support. GoPayment scores higher simply because they are the most transparent regarding processing limits and the company has phone support. I haven’t seen any complaints regarding longer deposit times with GoPayment, although it is possible that the deposits take a day or two longer. Here are my reviews if you want more detailed information about the companies: Square ReviewGoPayment Review

  9. Mel's

    I have square and I LOVE it! By far the best of all three!

  10. Debi

    we have a homebase rv mobile repair service and commercial cleaning service and we both are looking for something without all the additional fees or hidden fees that your not told about until you receive your bill with a credit card machine.
    What is the difference between gopayment and square and what are the monthly fees/discount fee.
    I want to do away with the credit card machine or do you have to have it, because I notice it says as a backup?

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Debi,

      The full review for Square can be found here, and the full review for GoPayment can be found here.

  11. Denise

    Hi, I’m looking for the best option for an iPad credit card processor. After reading all of the options I think I am even more confused. A friend had recommended Square, however I am not thrilled about hearing the delayed payment reviews. I am a self emplooyed painting contractor and would only on occasion need the use, however I thought it may bring more business in my add by allowing the addition of credit card acceptance. The other issue is besides only occasional usage, the amount may be sometimes high unlike selling a product could be a few thousand dollars, could be only a few hundred. Any advise from anyone would be greatlly appreciated! Thank you!!!

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Denise,

      Most mobile processors also work with the iPad. We currently have GoPayment ranked as the top mobile payment processor because they offer superior service and support compared to most other providers.

  12. Michael Palmieri

    How does Heartlands Mobuyle stack up to these?

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Michael,

      I haven’t looked into this service yet but have added them to my future review list. Thanks for bringing them to my attention.

  13. Hisham

    Hi Phillip,
    I own a restaurant that does about $3000 per day ( open for lunch only) in CC transactions and I’m just about had it with my credit card service…from the constant change in thier tiered charges to the ‘down time’ I run into on a monthly basis right in the midst of the lunch rush!
    I’m looking to simplify and modernize my cc Dilema by switching to square! At least as a back up service…
    Given the above….should I?

    Thanks

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Hisham,

      Square does not seem to do well with merchants who have over $2,000 per week in credit card sales. There are numerous reports of funds being put on hold and poor customer support, so you may want to look elsewhere. You can see who we recommend on our Recommended Processors page.

  14. Billine Flynn

    Do any or all of these applications accept international credit cards. I occassionally have orders from customers outside the US which I need to process. Again, thanks for your input.

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Billine, I recommend contacting them directly to verify if they accept international cards.

  15. Billine Flynn

    I don’t see Pay Anywhere listed in the mobile app section. Do you know anything about their system and how it would compare to Intuits GoPayment or to Square. 99% of my credit card processing is orders by phone or customers placing repeat dealer orders by phone. All of these are currently called in to my credit card processing company. I never swipe a card. The fees are becoming too high and I am looking for an alternative processing application. Thanks for any input.

    1. Phillip Parker

      Pay Anywhere will likely be added on the next update of this article. You can find more information about them here: PayAnywhere Review

      Also, if you never swipe a card, these may not be the best options for you. I recommend getting some quotes from our top recommended processors for your type of processing needs.

  16. pam

    Does the square use autorize.net?

    1. Corey Smith

      Square uses it’s own gateway. It’s really easy to use and would be perfect if it supported subscriptions.

  17. Corey Smith

    iAuthorizeApp seems dubious. Their Web site seems hacked together, at best, and I tried to send them a support email and it was kicked back as not valid.

    Also, it seems the ProcessAway app is not available in the US app store.

    I need recurring payments with a swipe card… know which will do that?

    Good list, btw.

  18. Phillip Parker

    Hi Rachael, thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ll take a closer look soon and add it to the list if everything checks out.

  19. Neal Goodwin

    Looking for a Zero monthy merchant account; OK with other frees % fees being higher; i.e when used only

    1. Phillip Parker

      Hi Neal,

      What kind of business do you have? If you have an iPhone, Square (squareup.com) is a good option.

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