Wireless credit card machines hold the future of credit card processing. Wireless credit card machines offer businesses the ability to process credit and debit card at virtually any location. There are several common pitfalls not found with traditional credit card terminals that a potential buyer can fall into if not careful when looking to purchase a wireless credit card terminal. Wireless coverage availability, and outdated equipment top the list for the most common problems found when purchasing a wireless credit card machine.
It is often very easy to find a 'very low' priced wireless credit card terminal on ebay or at other marketplaces. Many of these terminals use outdated processing networks, and what was a wireless terminal, will no longer work for wireless processing. Many Nurit 3010, and Nurit 2090 wireless terminals use a network called the CDPD network. This wireless network is all but abandoned for credit card processing and you will not be able to use this terminal for wireless processing.
Make absolutely sure that the wireless terminal that you are buying is not one made for the CDPD network. If the seller does not know, or will not disclose what network the terminal is programmed for, then do not buy the terminal. In general, if the offer just sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Also, many merchants that are selling their used terminals may have no idea what network the terminal operates on. Whatever the case, you need to make sure the terminal is not programmed for the CDPD network.
The ability of being able to process anywhere at any time is a great asset for many mobile businesses. But, don't confuse the coverage area that your cellular phone gets with what is available for wireless processing. Wireless credit card terminals currently operate on three wireless networks; the Motient, Mobitex, and GPRS Edge networks. All three of these networks are considered business class networks and have much better data service, speed, and security than traditional cellular networks. Wireless processing networks also have a much smaller cellular coverage area than cellular phone networks.