EE signs UK-exclusive deal with mobile payments company


iZettle credit card readers allow businesses to accept payments from customers using smartphones and tablets

EE has signed a deal with mobile payments company iZettle to exclusively sell its card readers which attach to smartphones and tablets to enable users to accept payments.

The device and supporting software costs £20 and will be available in 297 of the operator’s 700 UK stores.

Aimed at tradesmen and salesmen in the field the device allows users to accept payments with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club with a fee of 2.75 per cent charged for each payment.

iZettle co-founder Jacob de Geer said: “Whether you are a cabbie, florist, tradesperson or a courier, iZettle gives you the flexibility to operate in both cash and cards. We are very excited about our full commercial launch in the UK and the positive results of our Beta test with 4,000 users over the past six months.”

EE chief marketing officer Gerry McQuade added: “iZettle is a revolution for small businesses. The aim of our new superfast EE brand is to make businesses’ digital lives easier and ultimately more profitable through technology. Businesses and consumers are on the cusp of mobile payment transformation and we are delighted to bring iZettle to market, enhancing our mobile payment portfolio.”