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~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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We use our phones to record sales. We primarily use Square's bluetooth reader as it doesn't have to be plugged into our phones. This works because the vast majority of our customers have chip cards. When a customer doesn't have a chip card, we then plug Square's dual or swipe plug in readers into our phones. The reason we don't use an iPad or iPad mini is because of theft. Since they don't fit into a pocket, they're more exposed to theft and we have met more than a few artists who have had their's stolen at shows. Our bluetooth readers can also fit in our pockets or safely away in one of our drawers.
I have a wi-fi hot spot from Consumer Cellular. My wife and i can both use our tablets and phones through it and it will accomodate 8 or 9 devices on our one data plan. Consumer Cellular is also my cell phone provider. It has only a month to month contract and i can change my amount of data that I pay for on a monthly basis. Best plan i have found.
It might be your plan. Ours is a family plan including two smartphones plus my phone.
I'm also not much of a phone person, esp in public, so I have my phone put away during shows.
It's not on me, it's far away from me. I don't want to be bothered with it at shows.
I think I'm one of the last people around to get a cell phone, and I have a basic flip phone, Verizon, which I'm happy with. I had an Samsung tablet for the square, but it was too basic to get the update for the chip reader. After getting advice here, I bought an Apple I pad. I'm happy with it, expensive, yes, but I plan to use it for other things, such as photos to show customers. I'm on Verizon when I'm on the Ipad using square. I have had no trouble with any of it, three years now. It is costing me $10 a month from Verizon for the IPad hookup, which I also use when I'm mobile since I don't have a smartphone. Nice large screen. I would have trouble doing all of that on a phone. My husband, who does shows with me, does have a smartphone, so that would be our backup.
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