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Mobile card acceptance devices have changed a lot in recent years. They are now much more complex than the simple plug-in card readers many are familiar with. And their evolution is far from over.
As tablet-based systems get bigger and more complex, First Data is looking in the other direction. Its "Clover Mini" is looking to serve the middle ground between smartphone- and tablet-based card acceptance. The midsized device can function as a stationary point of sale but is capable of being carried around for line-busting and other functions.