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First Data expands Clover line with mPOS dongle

The EMV-enabled card reader works with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, enabling businesses of all sizes to accept payments outside of a traditional brick-and-mortar setting.

First Data last week announced the availability of Clover Go, the latest addition to the Clover point-of-sale product line that the company introduced in 2013. 

The EMV-enabled card reader plugs into an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone and works with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, enabling businesses of all sizes to accept payments outside of a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, according to a press release. Clover Go provides multimerchant and multi-user functionality, allowing business owners to toggle between different store locations and grant access to an unlimited number of employees. Business owners can also choose whether to use Clover Go as a standalone device or take advantage of its interoperability with the full Clover product suite.

"While the Clover platform serves businesses of all sizes, Clover Go is especially beneficial for businesses with mobile workforces or entrepreneurs just starting out who want to accept transactions while complying with the EMV liability shift," said Dan Charron, executive vice president of head of global business solutions of First Data. "Clover Go enhances our Clover product portfolio, which is designed to grow alongside our business owner clients as their needs evolve. Whether a business owner wants a card reader or the full Clover Station, First Data has the solutions that help businesses prosper."

To start processing with Clover Go, a business owner needs only to download the Clover App onto a tablet or smartphone and insert the card reader into the device's headphone jack.

Within the app, the business owner can assign dollar amounts including tax and tips to inventory as well as view transaction-level detail and the integration of data across all Clover devices in use by the business. Businesses that are already Clover users can log into the app with their existing Clover credentials. Employees can also download the app onto their own device, enter their own credentials and accept transactions for a given location, according to the announcement.