AnywhereCommerce Walker BT
Another reader from the AnywhereCommerce family, the Walker BT is a Bluetooth model (hence the BT) smartphone credit card reader. This reader does NOT connect via headphone jack, unless most mobile card readers on the market today. Instead, it connect via Bluetooth or an optional USB cable.
The Walker BT accepts magnetic stripe and EMV chip cards; it cannot accept NFC (contactless) payments from digital wallets. There are models available that can accept NFC. Here’s a quick reference chart with the basic differences between AnywhereCommerce’s 6 available mobile credit card readers.
There’s an accompanying app for Android, Apple, Windows, and Linux devices to allow use of the Walker BT. You also have the option to integrate the reader into your own POS system or payment app with AnywhereCommerce’s SDK toolkit.
The Walker BT uses the same payment app as other Walker models, meaning it can carry out the same payment functions. Walker BT can accept credit and debit card payments in multiple currencies, process refunds, allow customers to add tips at the time of sale, calculate taxes owed on purchases, capture signatures, and send receipts by email or text message. A basic inventory management function allows for limited tracking of merchandise and stock levels.
Hardware and Battery
You’ll need a smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth or a USB port in order to use the Walker BT reader to take payments. The reader is compatible with Android, Apple, Windows, and Linux devices, giving a range of choices for the base hardware.
The Walker BT reader itself is designed for portability. It’s 60 x 39 x 13.5 mm and weighs 30 grams.
An LED indicator shows you the battery status. The card reader has two tracks for magnetic swipe cards. It runs on a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which connects to a power source through a mini-USB cable. The Walker BT has a six month warranty.
The Walker BT is PCI compliant and the card reader is encrypted, so your customer’s data travels safely over the network.
The AnywhereCommerce apps compatible with the Walker BT feature integrated reporting, according to their websites. However, the sites don’t give much more detail about what kinds of data the reports include. You can also integrate the Walker BT into your own POS system or mobile payment app, which may offer stronger reporting capabilities.
|Features||iOS compatible, Android Compatible, EMV capable|
Review posted: 05/24/16
Title: Bluetooth connected reader
The Walker BT connects to smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth (or a USB cable) unlike most readers, which connect via headphone jack. It can take chip cards, but not NFC payments.