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Selecting a credit card processor is often more complicated than most people expect. How much should you be paying in fees? Should you lease or buy equipment? Should you be locked into a service agreement for anything length of time? These considerations and several others are imporant to understand before signing up with any merchant account provider. Mistakes are easily made and can be very costly to your business. Along with seeing our top choices for payment services below, be sure to checkout this post to avoid common traps in the merchant services industry.
Considerations For Current Business Owners
Changing merchant accounts can be an expensive, complicated, and time consuming process. Are you really going to save as much as promised? Do you need to buy to new equipment or sign new lease agreements? Will there be other less accountable costs such as those associated with employee retraining? Before selecting one of our choices below, you may want to consider renegotiating your fees with your current payment processing vendors using the help of a contingency-compensated consultant. It can result in a dramatic decrease in costs without the pains of switching. In some cases business owner have also obtained substantial refunds of prior overcharges along with saving thousands in future processing costs. See this post to learn more about this little-known alternative to changing merchant account provider.
Like the rest of Europe, Germany has limited options when it comes to mobile credit card processing apps. U.S. merchants are fortunate to be able to choose between dozens of imitators and competitors of Square, but the available German smartphone payment processing apps are largely limited to solutions created in the U.S. or in other European countries. Germany does have a homegrown e-commerce processor in Paymill, but the company has yet to create a German mobile phone processing app.
Without a clear frontrunner option, it can be difficult for German merchants to identify which mobile payment processing apps are the best for their businesses. That’s why we’ve composed the following list of the best German mobile credit card processing apps. The processors on this list offer low-commitment, low-cost smartphone payment apps and equipment and have received generally positive reviews for their customer support. Some providers on this list may be a better fit for your business than others, so be sure to compare their costs and customer service options before signing up for service.
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Why These Merchant Account Providers
Headquartered in Sweden, iZettle is a mobile credit card processor that has been processing payments since 2010. The company’s products and services include an EMV- and NFC-compatible mobile credit card reader, a point-of-sale app, email marketing tools, sales analytics, Xero integration, point-of-sale hardware, and merchant cash advance. iZettle is capable of serving businesses in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil.
iZettle does not charge any monthly fees and charges 0.95% for debit transactions and 2.75% for all other transactions. Its Bluetooth-enabled card reader costs €39 plus VAT. Our review of iZettle currently gives it an “A” rating overall.
For more information, see the iZettle website.
€39 + VAT card reader
0.95% or 2.75% per transaction
Live customer support
Other Merchant Account Options
The providers in this section may not have been researched as thoroughly or may lack a quality that prevented them from being listed above. We have listed them here to provide a broader view of potential merchant account options. Are you a decision maker with your company and believe that you should be listed below? Tell us here.
A London-based business, SumUp is a mobile payment service that merged with Payleven in April 2016 and now acts as the parent brand between the two. Its products and services include an EMV/NFC card reader, a point-of-sale app, sales analytics, an itemized product catalogue, and digital receipts. Like iZettle, SumUp charges 0.95% for debit transactions and 2.75% for all other transaction types. It also does not charge any monthly fees.
SumUp’s mobile card reader costs €79 plus VAT. The company does not offer live phone support to its merchants. Our review of SumUp currently assigns it an “A” rating.
If we are missing any great German mobile payment processing apps that should be included on this list, please let us know in the comment section below.