Countertop terminals are suitable for a stationary location like a till point on your sales premises. They have to be connected to a router or telephone line through a cable for an internet connection (required for processing payments). A countertop terminal also has to be plugged in to a power socket at all times.
Portable terminals are ideal for places where it’s best to carry around the terminal and take payments where the customer is. This makes it perfect for restaurants, pubs and cafés especially. These terminals are powered by a long-life battery recharged through an adaptor.
The Ingenico iWL 258 model connects to the internet through WiFi for card processing, and Ingenico iWl 252 uses Bluetooth (within 100 metres of the source) to connect to a device such as a mobile phone or router connected to the internet. The PAX A920 terminal uses WiFi.
Mobile terminals work anywhere with mobile coverage, making it ideal for market stalls, cab drivers and tradespeople on the move. It comes with a built-in SIM card that automatically connects to any available EE, O2 or Vodafone network. In addition, it has WiFi built in, so you are thoroughly covered in terms of connectivity. The mobile card machines are also powered by a rechargeable battery made to last for multiple hours’ transactions.
In addition to the terminal service, you can add the ability to take phone payments, send email invoices and accept online payments, each costing an additional fee per month.