FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A: You’ll need an iPhone 4G, 3G or 3GS and a merchant account – we provide the rest. If you don’t currently have a merchant account, we can point you to one of our trusted card processing partners.
A: This is an agreement between a retailer/merchant (like yourself), a merchant bank and payment processor for the settlement of credit card and/or debit card transactions.
A: PAYware Mobile uses VeriFone’s PAYware Connect payment gateway to process payments. Since the payment gateway is certified to process with virtually any payment processor, it is very likely that you can maintain your existing merchant account.
A: Yes, PAYware Mobile also works on most other smartphone devices in addition to the iPhone, including most Blackberry and Droid devices. Functionality may differ slightly from device to device, including the availability of card swiper sleeves and signature capture capability if the smartphone does not have a touchscreen. Call 1-877-689-1691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding your particular smartphone model.
A: PAYware Mobile allows you to securely accept credit cards – anywhere, any time – on your iPhone. Never lose a sale because of the inability to accept credit cards. A Virtual Terminal application, complete with Recurring Billing, is also included for access via other devices other than your iPhone at no additional cost.
A: The PAYware Mobile software application handles the communication between our secure payment gateway, PAYware Connect, and your device. The app works in conjunction with PAYware Connect and offers a variety of benefits such as transaction reporting and VeriShield Protect data encryption.
The iPhone credit card encryption sleeve installation is easy. The sleeve simply plugs into the iPhone dock connector and cradles the phone. Downloading the application is easy as well – iPhone users can simply download it from the iPhone App Store as they would any other app. The PAYware Mobile application is free. The encryption sleeve draws it’s power from the iPhone, it does not require external electric connection.
A: The PAYware Mobile card encryption sleeve is absolutely free; additional sleeves are available for $115 each plus tax and s/h by clicking HERE. The application is available on the Apple App Store at no charge.
A: The PAYware Mobile application supports credit card and “check” card transactions.
A: Currently PAYware Mobile only works with iPhone 3G and 3GS models. At this time it is not backward compatible with older iPhone models or the iPod Touch. By combining the PAYware Mobile payment application with iPhone and the card encryption sleeve, the device becomes a fully functional payment solution. UPDATE 1/11/2011. The new encryption sleeve for the 4G iPhone is now available and is expected to be in stock by late January or early February 2011. Pricing is unchanged.
Q: Will the newly announced version of the Verizon iPhone work with PAYware mobile? Verizon does not anticipate any issues with PAYware on the Verizon network, but Verifone is presently running tests on the new Verizon iPhone to ensure that PAYware is fully functional.
A: Yes. Like all VeriFone products, PAYware Mobile goes through third-party testing and validation. PAYware Mobile is validated against the PCI SSC’s (PCI Security Standards Council) strict regulations. The PCI SSC sets the standards that payment system vendors must follow when developing hardware and software. The PAYware Mobile software application is PA DSS 1.2 (Payment Application Data Security Standards) approved by the PCI SSC. As part of the security standards, your customer’s account information is truncated on all data fields and reports.
In addition, PAYware Mobile when used with the credit card encryption sleeve provides “end-to-end encryption” of all card holder information. This exclusive PAYware Mobile feature literally protects your customers information at the exact instant it is swiped through the sleeve. There is no more definitive security that you could offer your customers.
A: Security is paramount at VeriFone, which is why we’ve built industry-leading technology into PAYware Mobile from the start. End-to-end encryption is used to protect your customer’s card information the instant you swipe their card. The card data is encrypted in transit to your credit card processing company. This prevents sensitive card data from ever entering the iPhone or being intercepted in-transit.
A: PAYware Mobile does not include a receipt printer. However you can easily configure customized receipts to be emailed to your customer. A record of the transaction is accessible in the application and the PAYware Connect online portal, where you can reprint receipts and view transaction history. The card sleeve DOES support electronic signature capture, including the supplied stylus pen.
Receipts contain all necessary information required by payment processing regulations. The headers and footers of the receipt are customizable via the Merchant Portal on the PAYware Connect gateway.
A: PAYware Mobile is available with pricing and contract options designed to meet your needs. When you set up your merchant account, we will provide you with the best options to meet your business needs.
A: Adding tips is easy. You can enter a specific amount or the application can calculate the tip based on a percentage of the sale.
A: PAYware Mobile includes the ability to specify what tax percent to use for each sale. This can be changed on the go, since tax rates vary from place to place.
A: Generally, yes.
A: PAYware Mobile works in conjunction with the PAYware Connect gateway, and does not currently support other payment gateways.
A: When a call is received during a transaction, the user will be prompted to answer or decline the call. After the user completes the call, they are prompted to reenter their password for the application and the transaction can be resumed.
A: We provide a comprehensive user guide to take you through installation, setup, and use of the application, card encryption sleeve and the merchant portal on the payment gateway.
A: PAYware Mobile uses end-to-end encryption based on secure hardware that conforms to the same stringent security standards in use today at ATM’s and traditional Point of Sale Terminals that you use every day at large retail locations around the country. Other vendors are using a common form of encryption referred to as “SSL.” Unfortunately, SSL has a couple of drawbacks:
- SSL is a software-based encryption method that is only secure if your phone has not been hacked or otherwise compromised.
- SSL only protects your customer’s information during the transmission over the wireless network. PAYware Mobile encryption protects your customer’s information at the exact instant of card swipe, securing it inside the phone and over the wireless network, providing protection at virtually any point where it could be stolen.
A: Merchant service providers provide the financial linkage between you, your customers, your bank and the credit card companies. Fees and fee structures will vary, but you can expect that every merchant processing account will include:
- Discount Rate: This is the percentage of the transaction amount you will be billed for the transactions you process. Rates vary based on certain risk criteria usually categorized into “Qualified”, “Mid-Qualified” and “Non-Qualified” tiers. In addition, rates vary depending on your type of business, whether or not you swiped the customers card through the reader and other factors that can be explained in further detail by your merchant account provider. To ensure that you get the lowest fees possible, always swipe the customer’s card through the PAYware Mobile reader, and be sure to include all the required information whenever processing a transaction.
A: Yes. The encryption sleeve for the iPhone 4 will be in warehouses and ready for delivery by late January or early February 2011.
A: Newly released PAYware Mobile v1.0004 is compatible with Apple’s iOS 4 mobile operating system.
To install PAYware Mobile v1.0004, simply enter the App Store from your iPhone. The update notification will display in the lower right area of your screen. Touch Update and then touch Install from the PAYware Mobile App Store listing. Once the update has been installed, you will be processing transactions as normal.
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