September 7, 2017
First Data offers fast relief for business owners
impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Company rushes free mobile payment devices to Houston
to get business moving again
NEW YORK & HOUSTON -- First Data has announced that it is sending thousands of its Clover Go mobile credit and debit card readers to the Houston area to distribute free to business owners who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The initiative, designed to help the local economy get back on its feet, includes free device installation and discounted pricing, in addition to the free Clover Go mobile readers.
There are a number of ways that Houston-area business owners can get their hands on a free Clover Go. Beginning at 12:00 noon CDT on Sunday, September 3, First Data representatives began staffing a command center at the JW Marriott located at 5150 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056.
Business owners who are unable to pick up their free device at the JW Marriott can also get a free device by visiting www.FirstData.com/HurricaneHarveyRelief or by calling a toll-free customer service hotline at 1-844-882-2438.
“The lessons of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy remind us that one of the most crucial steps toward recovery is to help small business owners open their doors and start serving their customers,” said Frank Bisignano, chairman and chief executive officer of First Data. “Whether a business needs to replace a payment device damaged in the storm, or set up shop in a temporary location with a mobile payment reader, we hope that our efforts can help impacted businesses get up and running quickly.”
For businesses that are not currently clients of First Data, the company is offering free Clover Go devices with no setup fees and no minimum monthly fee for the next six months. Current First Data clients whose payment hardware was destroyed in the storm can receive new Clover Go devices, at no charge.
Clover Go is an EMV-enabled, mobile card reader that plugs into an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone and works with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, allowing business owners to accept secure payments anywhere. The rechargeable battery-powered Clover Go, which fits inside the palm of a hand, allows credit or debit card payments through traditional swipes, dips, and touch transactions such as Apple Pay.