I think your going to much into what i ment by them going on the cheap with them. What I meant was that they didn't have all of the options installed at the time they first rolled them out much like a lot of other systems did they waited until they needed to replace them to add features to them like tapping credit and debit cards and phones. You also mentioned IPhones, mobile payments from phones didn't start to begin becoming available until 2014 even then not every terminal available at the time was compatible with payments via phones.The Thales and S&B readers are 2-3x more expensive than the Famoco readers. The readers are replaced every 2-3 years because of wear and tear anyways. The S&B readers were rolled out around the time the iPhone 6 came out, iPhone 4 for the Thales readers.