Two big differentiators for Flint Mobile: its no-extra-hardware approach to reading cards and a per-transaction fee structure that doesn't penalize low-volume users.
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New features in the cloud customer service application include the ability to create individualized consoles, plus additional APIs for integrating data from other apps.
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New features simplify setup and administration of multiple access points from a single interface.
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