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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.
As in other European countries, there are very few mobile credit card processing apps available in Spain. The country’s largest bank, Santander, is the likeliest candidate to create its own smartphone credit card reader, but Santander partnered with iZettle in 2013 to sell iZettle’s chip-and-PIN mobile reader instead. While U.S. merchants finds themselves swimming in homegrown Square imitators and UK merchants receive their own regional variations of U.S. payment products, Spanish merchants have been left with only a few options for Bluetooth EMV readers.
Even in this small field of competitors, though, some choices can be better than others. To help merchants find the best mobile payment processing app for them, we have assembled this list of the best Spanish mobile credit card processing apps. The mobile payment processors on this list are known to offer low-cost, low-commitment contract terms and positively reviewed customer support. Although our list provides general information about each provider, merchants should be sure to visit each company’s website so that they can compare their options.
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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 provides its card reader for a one-time cost of €39 plus VAT. iZettle gradually lowers its transaction fee from 1.99% for merchants who process less than €2,000 in a given month all the way down to 0.99% once merchants reach an unspecified monthly volume. Our review of iZettle currently gives it an “A” rating overall.
For more information, see the iZettle website.
€39 + VAT card reader
0.99% to 1.99% 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. Unlike iZettle, SumUp charges 1.5% for all 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 Spanish mobile payment processing apps that should be included on this list, please let us know in the comment section below.