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    Taking payments with a Surface Pro 3

    Several years ago I began taking credit card payments using a "Square". The only downside was it would only work either with my Android phone or an iPad. Since I own both no problem other than it was much easier using the iPad (mini) for signatures and it was one more thing I had to take with me.

    Last year I began tethering with a Surface Pro 2 then shortly afterwards upgraded to a SP3 and thus began carrying one more tool with me while on the road.

    This morning I discovered that PayPal is now compatible with the SP3 and using a device similar to the Square one is now able to use it to accept credit cards. Since I've had a PayPal business account much longer than I've been using a Square I'm going to look into this and will report back. The user fees seems to be close to each other and I'm looking for a tool that I can use that I always carry with me (besides a phone) and since I use the SP3 to not only tether but for reading (off Amazon) it fits the bill.

    First wake up, a couple cups of coffee then more research....

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    Re: Taking payments with a Surface Pro 3

    This is what caught my eye this morning ... PayPal
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    Re: Taking payments with a Surface Pro 3

    Gotta have a wifi connection though to use a credit card reader on the SP3 et al

    In that regard, it's still much easier to use the Square Reader (or similar) on your smart phone----which is always connected to the internet. On location, wifi isn't always available for the Surface Pro. Sure you can set up a hot spot, but at that point I'd simply use my card reader before my client grew impatient....

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    Re: Taking payments with a Surface Pro 3

    Didn't catch the wifi requirement but then again it's the same for the iPad so no real difference with me.
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    Re: Taking payments with a Surface Pro 3

    Ordered the dongle last night and downloaded the app (which appears to be very similar to the Square). Should be able to try it out after we return from Tahoe...
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    Re: Taking payments with a Surface Pro 3

    Hey, I bet the upcoming Surface Pro 4 has 4G LTE....



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    Dual USB ports, one for the card reader the other for the dongle. We'll need another enabler meeting after the 4 is released.
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    Re: Taking payments with a Surface Pro 3

    And in order to get the message lost - I'm trying this out as I always have my phone and mini iPad as well as the SP3 when I travel; being able to take CC with the SP3 will lighten my load and still allow me the same flexibility I currently have with either the phone or iPad.
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    Re: Taking payments with a Surface Pro 3

    you should be able to have your Credit Card Processor supply you with this latest gadget rambler 3.0 for the iPhoneClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	119996 not sure if it works with android but I would image so.

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