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In today’s digitally connected world, everything can be done on the go, even taking payments on the go. Gone are the days where you needed to have a brick-and-mortar location with a stationary POS system in order to process orders (Although that describes your point-of-sale system, that’s okay. We’ve can process your payments through it as well.)
Mobile card readers are the perfect solution for service-related businesses such as plumbers, electricians, HVAC specialists, towing companies and more. They’re also a great option for companies that travel for trade shows, events or deliveries.
There are two incredibly easy ways to start processing mobile payments. First, you can easily convert your smartphone or tablet into a mobile carder reader with just an app and a small card reading device. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a more rugged or occasional use option, a separate wireless terminal may be the way to go.
In just a few moments, you can turn your smartphone or tablet into a mobile card reader. It’s as easy as downloading an app for your device and adding an encrypted card reader. By leveraging your existing devices, you are lowering your overall implementation costs. You also gain the benefit of a small, easy-to-carry device that can serve multiple enterprise purposes.
Additionally, a mobile payments solution from Wind River includes an app that offers robust functionality including the ability to email a receipt directly to your customer. Once thing to remember though is since most mobile devices aren’t designed for heavy commercial use, you’ll need to decide if durability and battery life are a concern for you.
Wireless terminals are built to support payment acceptance away from your brick-and-mortar location for a full business day, which makes them perfect for a business that needs to facilitate payments at a trade show or event.
These self-contained units include integrated printers as well as software applications specifically designed to support payment acceptance.
Wireless terminals are small, relatively rugged and can handle the wear and tear that comes from routine use. They are a great option for high-volume payment acceptance in a mobile environment.
These wireless mobile card readers work very similarly to a countertop terminal but with two differences. First, rather than using a phone line or internet connection, they use a cellular network to deliver transactions for authorization. Second, they are powered by a self-contained battery.