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Square’s EMV Chip Card Reader Unboxing & Review

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Tom DeSimone

Tom DeSimone

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Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Tom has written for Merchant Maverick since 2013. His work is cited by publications including TechCrunch, Washington Business Journal, and Bank Advisor. He currently serves as Product Manager.

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    Natalie Dansey

    Hi Tom,

    We have been using the chip ready for over a year. I’ve had to replace mine just recently. I have a galaxy s6, my husband has the iPhone 6. He has no problems. The square app or reader for the galaxy seems to have a lot of issues. The chip reader constantly disconnects, even when I keep them within 10 ft. However the biggest problem is the app/ reader freezing in the middle of a sale. The phone vibrates to show the payment went thru, then nothing, the whole app is frozen. The payments have not gone thru. I have to close the app and restart. Sometimes is works most times it does not. The app/ or reader refreezes? This has become extremely irritating for us and our customers. We are mobile vendors, mostly selling at outdoor festivals so a monthly payment plan for a chip reader is not our best option. Any suggestions?

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      Chloe Bahal

      Hi Natalie,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Based on the information provided, I would recommend Spark Pay and PayPal Here.

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