Modern-day portable credit card machine terminals make it easier than ever for businesses to offer credit card processing to their customers, no matter where their business takes them. There are several different styles and technologies of portable credit card terminals, but they are share the ability to revolutionize the way mobile business is conducted, by giving you the freedom to process sales from the palm of your hand.
One of the first popular types of portable credit card machine terminals was the Digital Portable Credit Card Machine. This machine offers a built-in swipe, keypad and printer, as well as a signature screen. The only real limitation with this style of terminal is that it has to be connected via a wired network. If you need wireless transactions, the simplest option might be a Wireless Credit Card Reader, which operates in a very similar way to Digital Portable readers, except it connects to a wireless LAN through 802.11b/g Wi-Fi technology. The obvious benefit is that you can process secure payments anywhere there is an available wireless connection.
Another kind of credit card machine terminal that revolutionized the industry is the Contact-less Payment Reader, which includes a secure internal memory and an antenna built into the system. The antenna communicates to a separate device such as a keychain fob or advanced credit card, so that the user doesn’t even have to swipe his or her card. This kind of “tap-and-go” service is becoming increasingly popular at gas stations, fast-food drive-throughs, and other pay locations where speedy transactions are a must.
Finally, the most liberating portable credit card machine terminals are called Mobile Terminals, which operate like cell phones to transmit credit card information wirelessly via satellite from practically anywhere. Some Mobile Terminals, such as the Limpan Nurit 8020, include a built-in PINpad, printer, and signature screen. A less full-featured but more affordable mobile option is Verifier Software, which can be programmed into an existing mobile device such as a Blackberry smartphone. This allows mobile credit card transactions to be processed securely without the need to purchase a physical card reader.