Great question @bhavin1286!
The new Square Terminal does not have its own mobile data/data plan so you'd need to connect it to the internet to take payments with it.
You can connect the Terminal to the internet a few different ways:
- using a wifi connection
- via Ethernet. You must buy the Hub for Square Terminal to connect to ethernet.
- a mobile hotspot from a cellphone. If you use this option we also suggest you connect the Terminal to wifi at night or when you can to download updates.
An internet connection is required to process Interac and chip cards with the Square Terminal. If you don't have any access to internet when you're taking payments with the Terminal, you could use Offline Mode to swipe magstripe cards.
Reply here it you have any other questions about the Terminal!
Re: Does the new Square Terminal run on its own wifi or mobile data?
my old terminal used bluetooth and it has paid for itself time and time again
the new terminal uses WiFi so an access point of one kind or another is needed
the iPhone and iPad can make a mobile hotspot if a mobile access point is needed
the change makes the new terminal slightly more independent from the phone