Being able to accept payments virtually anywhere opens the door to multiple business opportunities - no longer will your business be hampered by payment constraints. Whether you travel to your customers’ home, visit a trade show - or you’re just sick of accepting cash payments - traditional bank transfers or remaining tethered to a till point are a thing of the past. Mobile card machines were invented for simplicity, ease of use and can help support you as you grow your business. Expanding has never seemed so accessible - you can walk right out your door, mobile card machine in hand, and sell to your heart’s content.
Cash payments are on a downward spiral - it’s not a trendy (or convenient!) way to pay anymore. In fact, cash payments declined by 15% in 2017. With cash payments in decline, how are consumers paying for stuff? Well, according to this report by UKFinance, 13.2 billion payments were made on a debit card in 2017 (up 14%) - it’s not just debit cards the nation is using - 3.1 billion payments were made using credit cards (an increase of 13%) - you can see the upward trend here. And you need to take advantage of a quick card payment sale - customers don’t want faff! Whip out the mobile card machine and in seconds (literally seconds if the payment is contactless) you’ve converted a brand new customer.
Read on to learn more about the features of a mobile card machine, what they are and how they work!
What is a mobile card machine? How does a mobile card machine work? Mobile card machine features What businesses use a mobile card machine? How does a mobile card machine connect? Will it work if I have no GPRS signal? What card types are accepted? Do mobile card machines accept contactless payments? How much does a mobile credit card machine cost?
A mobile card machine, also commonly known as a mobile card reader, is simple, in principle. It’s just like your traditional card machines, except it’s mobile. Wires do not restrain the machine, and it’s not only reserved for those with a storefront. If you’ve historically been an online retailer, this could be a great way to get your products out and about to the masses!
First off, a mobile card machine connects through a GPRS network to process payments safely and securely virtually anywhere in the UK. It’s PCI compliant - which means it complies with the technical and operational standards businesses follow to secure and protect credit card data.
There’s barely any setup to content with - it’s a ‘plug and play’ item. You plug it in, and you’re pretty much up and running! The machine has chip and PIN technology integrated. It can be used with Visa, Mastercard and American Express (Amex) debit and credit cards - and it can work with smartphone payments, including Apple Pay and Android Pay.
To take a payment, you’ll need a steady network connection - it won’t work with interrupted signals. You can also charge your mobile unit quickly - but the battery lifespan of a loaded mobile card machine is long-lasting, and can last a few days without charge! This depends on how much you use it, of course!
Picture this; your business stall is attending a festival in the middle of nowhere (with network signal). Let’s say it’s in our humble hometown of Wales - you don’t want to be doing mental mathematics, working out change, and storing your cash in a lockbox - it’s 2020! Equipped with a mobile card machine you’re not limited to busy streets and bustling towns - its built-in sim card means you don’t need to rely on patchy festival wifi connections - the device connects through a GPRS signal.
Accept all major credit & credit cards - Don’t miss out. Take card payments from all of the major credit and debit card processing providers.
Connection via 3G/4G/GPRS - A built-in SIM card enables the device to connect through a GPRS signal so you can take card payments wherever you are in the UK.
Contactless payments - More ways for your customers to pay. Contactless payment methods including Apple, Android and Samsung Pay available.
Easy setup - Start taking card payments in minutes. A straightforward “plug and play’ card machine that allows you to set up your device quickly and easily.
Lightweight - Mobile card machines are lightweight and small in size, making them easy to carry around with you anywhere in the UK.
Long lasting battery - Equipped with extended battery life, this device can last days between charges depending on usage.
Fast receipt printing - Print customer receipts as soon as card payments are made. It features an easy-to-load, high speed and efficient thermal printer.
PCI Compliant - These mobile card terminals are PCI compliant helping protect both you and your customers details.
The best thing about card machines is that you don’t have to operate a large business to get hold of one. The mobile card machine is perfect for companies who primarily don’t have fixed premises - think mobile beautician, burger van, pop-up shops - the list goes on. But any business can benefit from a mobile card machine - it’s portable, so it can make the customer experience so much easier. For example, when you sit down to eat at a restaurant, remember when you had to get up to pay for your meal physically? Those days are behind us - when servers come out with their card machine - it’s a mobile card machine they're using.
Any business can use a card machine. So if you’re looking for a straightforward solution - for business cash management relief AND benefitting your customer - find out how you can get a mobile card machine today.
The mobile card machine is perfect for companies who primarily don’t have fixed premises. Some popular businesses include:
A mobile card machine has a built-in SIM card that connects wirelessly to the strongest 3G/4G/GPRS network available in that area - very similar to how your mobile phone works. It will work anywhere in the UK as long as you have a network signal.
No. A mobile card machine relies on a signal to process card payments. Without a stable connection via GPRS, you won't be able to take payments.
All major credit and debit cards payment methods are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express (Amex).
Yes, mobile card machines offer the customer the ability to pay using contactless payment methods. Customers can simply tap their credit / debit card or use the latest mobile payment technology such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay to pay for goods and services. Contactless significantly speeds up the payment process for both yourself and the customer.
Costs will vary depending on the type of mobile card machine you choose, your business type and your turnover. Typically you will pay a monthly fee for the mobile terminals and pay a small transaction fee on each sale you make through them. However, you do have an option to buy the mobile credit card machine outright so you’re not tied into monthly payments.