Mobile Card Machines are an easy way to take payments on the move.
Read on if you need to understand the difference between a mobile card machine and mobile card reader.
A mobile card machine works anywhere a mobile phone would, allowing you to take payments pretty much anywhere. A mobile PDQ machine is a handheld device which uses a 3g signal to connect to the best phone network in the area. If you have a mobile signal, you can take payments.
Both devices will allow payments to be taken on the move, the main difference is in price and contract terms. If you are just starting out or have a turnover less than £1.5K per month a mobile card reader from Izettle or Sumup maybe the most cost-effective solution. A mobile card reader can also come with slightly better reporting than a traditional machine and come without a fixed contract period.
If you take over £1.5k a month and are more established a traditional mobile card machine will be far cheaper due to much lower card transaction fees. A mobile card machine can also print receipts directly from the terminal.
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Countertop card machines can work via a phone line or broadband. The card machine will sit on your countertop and allow the customer to come to the card machine to pay. Ideal for solo shops where the customers can easily to get to the card terminal.
Portable card readers allow you to take the card terminal to the customer over a range of 60m. Like a cordless phone it comes with a charging unit. Portable card terminals are best for restaurants, bars and cafes
Mobile card readers are compact, portable devices which connect to your phone or tablet to allow businesses to take payments easily on the move. They are ideal for those who have a low card turnover or want better accounting software.
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No, mobile card machines for small business are the same used by large retailers like Tesco. There are 2 main PDQ machine providers in the UK Ingenico and Verifone. Our providers use there either provider and we also compare Sumup and iZettle Card readers.
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You can use the information to determine which is the best mobile card machine for you. They perform the same functions, but some customers prefer the look of one mobile credit card machine over another!