Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:25

Square Terminal arrives in Australia

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Payment processor Square's CEO Jack Dorsey visited Melbourne to launch the Square Terminal payments device.

Square Terminal is a self-contained payments processing device, unlike previous Square products that work with smartphones.

Consequently, the price is significantly higher: $439.

A 1.6% transaction fee applies regardless of card type.

The company claims Square Terminal is the first all-in-one payments device commercially available in Australia for business owners to buy outright.

“In 2016 we started helping the smallest Australian businesses accept card payments easily with our original Square card reader, and we didn’t stop there,” said Dorsey.

“We’re growing with our sellers, introducing new hardware that is still easy to access and quick to set up, but is also designed specifically to give bigger and more complex businesses better options when it comes to choosing a payments platform.”

Square Terminal has been designed with aesthetics in mind.

“Businesses are ditching clunky payment machines and legacy technology because they want fast, secure and intuitive hardware that looks professional on their countertops,” said Square head of hardware Jesse Dorogusker.

“Square Terminal is the answer. It’s a powerful device that incorporates elegant hardware with the Square payments service that businesses love — and it’s easy for them to buy and set up on their own terms.”

Square Terminal on counter 705

An early user of Square Terminal is Henry Lee Barbershop in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood.

“Square Terminal does exactly what we need it to do and it looks much cooler and more professional than other machines we’ve used in the past,” said owner Lily Peddle.

“The other Square services that we love to use, like team management and data reporting, sync seamlessly with the device to help us run our business day to day.”

Square Terminal Henry Lee 705

Square Terminal is available via Square's web site and from Officeworks stores.

It comes with 24/7 phone support, a one-year warranty and a 30-day risk-free trial period.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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