Updated 1/9/2019: Verifone discontinued its line of SAIL products in December 2012. Its assets were acquired by Capital One Merchant Services and restructured to create Spark Pay. The Spark Pay lineup of products was retired in December 2017, and now Capital One resells mobile and point-of-sale products from its partner WorldPay.
SAIL (sailpay.com), also known as “SAIL Pay” and “SAIL Payments,” is a mobile credit card processing application for use with smartphones, tablets and some dedicated countertop payment terminals. The service launched in mid-2012 and is the creation of the popular card processing hardware maker Verifone. SAIL is Verifone’s attempt to compete with similar services such as GoPayment, PayPal Here, Pay Anywhere, and Square.
Like its competitors, SAIL provides an easy signup process, free app & card reader, simple pricing and month-to-month service terms. The fees for SAIL resemble that of GoPayment because SAIL has two different account types. The first, dubbed the “Go” plan, has no monthly fee and charges a swipe rate of 2.70% (2.95% for AMEX cards) and a key-in rate of 3.70% for all card types including international transactions. The second, called the “Pro” plan, includes a $9.95 monthly service fee but lowers the swipe rate to 1.95% (2.95% for AMEX) and the key-in rate to 2.95% for all card types.
Aside from a reasonable fee schedule, SAIL promotes that it integrates with Stitch, a sales management tool, to allow merchants to track inventory across multiple sales channels including well known applications such as Etsy, BigCommerce and Shopify. Additionally, Verifone has included a 24/7 customer support number (855-SAILPAY / 855-724-5729) as well support by email, Twitter and Facebook.
As of this review, SAIL does not have a Better Business Bureau (BBB) profile and no complaints in the other usual forums. However, the service is getting an average rating of 3 out of 5 stars in the Android and Apple marketplaces. Of the negative reviews, users are mostly reporting difficulties with the app loading slowly, consistently crashing, or having compatibility problems with a device. It may be too early to tell if these are widespread problems or isolated incidents.
VeriFone Systems, Inc., is located at 2099 Gateway Place, Suite 600 San Jose, CA 95110. As of this review, it is unclear which company is acting as the transaction processor for SAIL.