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Point of Sale Systems: Mobile vs Wireless Credit Card Reader

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Finding the right new credit card reader can be a bit of a dilemma. In many cases, the terminology about card reader types can be confusing, and even intimidating.

Here is a bit more information about mobile and wireless credit card readers that can help you make your choice:

Wireless Readers.

The benefit of wireless readers is, you guessed it, the lack of wires. The term “wireless” readers is applied to multiple types of credit card readers. These can include online readers that you would set up to process credit cards through your business website.

For instance, a SmartSwipe credit card reader functions primarily online guaranteeing security and protection from hackers. Conversely, a “wireless” reader can be one that does not require a wire for charging and connection. These are readers that can be carried around the store allowing for faster transactions.

Mobile Readers.

Most of the time, “mobile readers” are tiny contraptions that can be taken just about anywhere. These usually take the form of squares, like the mobile POS card reader, that can be attached to your phone or laptop and will let you perform transactions on the go. These are great if you are a constantly traveling or if you are participating in vending activities. The food and beverage industry is a prime example of when you may need a reliable and mobile point of sale terminal for restaurants. It is often very efficient, especially when your restaurant is crowded, to make transactions directly at the customer’s table. For instance, the Clover Flex POS enable servers to make transactions directly at the palm of their hands. This overall increases efficiency and the user experience for potential customers.

Which One Should I Get?

The type of credit card processing machine that is right for you will depend on your business. For instance, if you do a lot of vending, or conduct services that requires you to bill on the go, you can definitely benefit from a mobile reader. Meanwhile, if your business is more website centered, you should be looking at a wireless or web based reader.

Choosing the right reader can be challenging, and if your business is multifaceted, you will likely need more than just one type of card reading service. Before you look for a merchant processing company, consider looking at types of credit card transactions that will be most advantageous for your business.


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