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We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader

~Also we want to go pre-paid with no contract. your suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks so much. Kathleen Smith & Steven Hedstrom

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Comment by Christina L. Towell on November 4, 2016 at 9:59am

I'm pretty happy with my I-Pad but my P.C. is also an Apple so I'm used to it...anxious to hear what others think.

Comment by Jim Harris on November 4, 2016 at 10:22am

I use an I-Pad mini. You can buy them outright, but they'll run you about $500.  I've seen people using the android tablets as well.  Those tend to be a little cheaper. Check with you cell phone provider. Sometimes they offer the android mini pads free with an upgrade on your phone. I got my I-Pad mini for $90 when I upgraded to a 6S phone from a 4S.

Comment by Robert Wallis on November 4, 2016 at 11:09am
I picked up an LG 7" tablet freebie from AT&T with the only cost an extra $10 for the additional phone line on my contract. Not having to be tied to a wifi is really nice.
Comment by Kendra Bennett on November 4, 2016 at 9:40pm

I have the LG Gpad X it works great. I don't have a contract but It's with T-Mobile

Comment by Wendy Merkle on November 5, 2016 at 12:06pm

I have used my ipad but I find that my cell phone works great so I tend to use that more.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on November 6, 2016 at 8:44am

I don't understand why anyone would use anything but their smart phone for credit card sales. You already have a device that fits in your hand and you've already paid for the network. No need to pay for extra lines or another device.

Comment by Robert Wallis on November 6, 2016 at 12:29pm

Barry, I went to a tablet after several incidents where someone was calling me on my phone at the same time I was running a transaction. The phone call has a higher priority on the cell phone functions so the transaction was knocked off line. A couple of people had called repeatedly when I didn't answer and kept knocking out the transaction. It was embarrassing so I decided it was easier to just avoid using the phone. 

Comment by Barry Shandler on November 6, 2016 at 9:04pm

I use both.  The tablet is handy as a backup to the cell phone.  Guaranteed sooner or later your cell phone will not be charged if your like me.    I take pictures of items sold with my I pad so that I can mark them as sold on my website. Otherwise sooner or later you will get home and see someone ordered what you already sold at the show.   Keep the I phone  connected to the square.  I like the bigger I pad for taking pictures of my initial set up.  If I suspect later that something was stolen I can immediately check. If any grandkids show up give them the I pad to play "my Tom" games.  The I pad is better if you get a little bit of arthritis in your fingers on a cold day.  If you cant use the telephone with the square inserted you can call on FaceTime with the I pad.  Lots of advantages of having both and no negetives.

Comment by Lisa Riley on November 7, 2016 at 9:43am

I've had a few shows where I could not get a signal on my phone but there was wifi available.  With a phone and no signal, even if there is wifi, you're still out of luck (at least in my experience).  I've considered buying a tablet for the same reason.  Hubby loves to use his at home with our wifi.  It is not part of any phone plan or internet plan, it just is and he uses it during down times at work too accessing their wifi.  A table is one of the things on my list for next year for show equipment.  I plan on purchasing something other than an "I" product only because of the price, most likely either from Amazon or Best Buy.

Comment by Cathy Vaughn on November 7, 2016 at 9:45am
Do NOT get an iPad mini. The sound port on mine fails frequently. Fine for Bluetooth chip reader, swipe is unreliable. I use my phone as backup, and agree that phone call interruption is a drag during a transaction.


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