Mobile card machines

For businesses like food vans, market stalls and taxis, it makes sense to have a mobile card machine. These use GPRS to accept cards anywhere with a mobile network.

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What is a mobile card machine?

 

If you’re a mobile business by design, or you simply can’t access fixed connections (Wi-Fi or phoneline) at your place of work, a mobile card machine could be the tool you’re looking for to take payments. You’ll be able to accept credit cards, debit cards and digital wallets wherever business takes you.

A mobile card machine can accept card payments anywhere in the UK or Ireland where there’s a mobile network present. If you are on the road, on a market stall pitch or in a field at a festival, you can take payments with a mobile card machine. It's all made possible by an integrated roaming SIM card (free of charge) and GPRS/3G technology. This terminal is perfect for street food vendors, taxi drivers, plumbers and mobile mechanics.

  • Take payment anywhere with a signal
  • Completely wireless and handheld
  • Free integrated SIM card

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Compare our mobile card machines

Verifone V240m mobile card machine
Verifone V240m Card Machine
Ingenico Move 3500 mobile card machine
Ingenico MOVE 3500 Card Machine
Ingenico iWL251 mobile card machine
Ingenico iWL251 Card Machine
Contactless payments
Accept all major cards
Accept digital wallets
Same Day Settlement¹
Ideal for inside use
Ideal for outside use
Broadband connection
Phoneline connection
Wi-Fi connection
Bluetooth connection
GPRS / 3G
Integrated SIM card
Charging base
Wireless handset
Highspeed printer
Verifone V240m Card Machine
Contactless payments
Accept all major cards
Accept digital wallets
Same Day Settlement¹
Ideal for inside use
Ideal for outside use
Broadband connection
Phoneline connection
Wi-Fi connection
Bluetooth connection
GPRS / 3G
Integrated SIM card
Charging base
Wireless handset
Highspeed printer
Ingenico MOVE 3500 Card Machine
Contactless payments
Accept all major cards
Accept digital wallets
Same Day Settlement¹
Ideal for inside use
Ideal for outside use
Broadband connection
Phoneline connection
Wi-Fi connection
Bluetooth connection
GPRS / 3G
Integrated SIM card
Charging base
Wireless handset
Highspeed printer
Ingenico iWL251 Card Machine
Contactless payments
Accept all major cards
Accept digital wallets
Same Day Settlement¹
Ideal for inside use
Ideal for outside use
Broadband connection
Phoneline connection
Wi-Fi connection
Bluetooth connection
GPRS / 3G
Integrated SIM card
Charging base
Wireless handset
Highspeed printer

What’s the difference between mobile card machines and mobile card readers?


Ultimately, a 'mobile card machine' and a 'mobile card reader' do the same thing; they accept card payments from anywhere with a mobile phone signal.

However, the term ‘card reader’ may refer to a mobile card machine that doesn't have an integrated receipt printer and needs to be connected to a smartphone in order to function.

These card readers can be owned outright for a low upfront cost (£29-£99), compared to a 12-36 month agreement. On the surface, the former looks attractive for it’s cost saving benefits, but the catch is the rates of transaction are much higher when compared to a card machine with a monthly rental fee. This means you could end up giving away a lot more revenue per sale than you need to, especially in the long-run.

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Funds from card machine to bank account in hours

Same Day Settlement, also known as 'Faster Payments', is a bolt-on feature that delivers the funds taken from card sales to your account within the same day, meaning you don't have to wait the usual 3-5 days for your money.

Having your money faster could be the difference between paying a supplier on time, restocking for your next sale, or simply keeping a healthy working capital.

  • Get your money in hours
  • No more waiting 3-5 days to settle
  • Give your cash flow a boost

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Accept all major credit & debit cards


Including Visa, Mastercard, Amex & Diners. As well as digital wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay - all compatible with contactless payments up to a limit of £100 per transaction.

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Why do small businesses choose our mobile card machines?

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We have the best in payments technology, backed-up by a team of dedicated card machine experts that are always on hand to support you with setup, technical assistance and account management.

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Our fastest card machines can perform an end-to-end payment, from transaction initiation to printing a receipt in 12 seconds. Give the best tools to your staff and a great experience for your customers.

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All our card machines come are £0 to set up, with all terms and costs agreed upfront. On average, we save our customers up to 30% on transaction fees from their current provider.

Mobile card machines frequently asked questions

What is a mobile card machine?

A mobile card machine is a wireless payment terminal used by business owners that don’t have access to fixed connection points, like broadband internet or a phoneline, due to the nature of how their business operates.

For example, a market stall trader that attends the same pitch each week but doesn’t have access to Wi-Fi or a phoneline. Or a mobile food van that travels to different sites each week to attend events like festivals or weddings.

These card machines come equipped with a free integrated SIM card and can be used anywhere in the UK Or Ireland where there’s a mobile phone network present.

How to spot a mobile card machine

  • Used by mobile businesses or those without access to fixed connections points
  • Connects anywhere with a mobile signal using 3G/GPRS & SIM card
  • No wires, can be hand carried
How do mobile card machines work?

All card machines need a connection to successfully take payments. Mobile card machines use GPRS to connect wirelessly to a mobile network, and just like a mobile phone, they have an integrated SIM card (this is supplied free of charge).

This means, that anywhere in the UK or Ireland where you can successfully find a mobile signal, you can also take payments from your customers using a mobile card machine.

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What is a card machine called?

There a various names for card machines, including:


…and the list goes on, but what’s important to remember is they all take card payments, irrespective of what they’re called. Where they tend to differ is by business use case.

Where you take payments and the connection method you use (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G or phoneline) will determine which type of card machine you need.

Card machine types in short:

  • Mobile card machines
    Used by businesses who mainly operate outside or on the road and don’t have access to fixed communication points, like a street food vendor. These are completely wireless devices.

  • Portable card machines
    Ideal for environments with Wi-Fi, where your staff can take payments at various points on the premises, like from table to table within a restaurant. These card machines are also wire-free.

  • Countertop card machines
    Do your customers expect to pay in the same place, like next to a till or on a counter? Countertop card machines use wired internet or phoneline connections to offer a fast and reliable service.


Do you need Wi-Fi for contactless payments?

To take a contactless payment on a card machine, you need a secure connection of some sort, which can be either Wi-Fi, mobile data, phoneline or a wired broadband connection.

If your card machine doesn’t have a connection, the attempted payment will be declined instantly.

What does a card machine do?

A ‘card machine’ is a handheld device used by a business to collect payments from their customers who choose to pay for goods or services by credit card, debit card or a digital wallet such as Google Pay or Apple Pay.

They are typically connected to the internet or a mobile a network to accept payments electronically and send data to the acquiring bank.

When payments are successful, it’s normal practice for the funds to be transferred from the customer's bank to the business' merchant account. Settlement time is dependent on the provider (Retail Merchant Services offer Same Day Settlement).

How do you pay with card machine?
  1. Enter the transaction amount into your card machine, using the number keys or display.

  2. When prompted, the customer can either:

    • Insert their credit or debit card and then enter their PIN
    • Tap their credit or debit card for a contactless payment
    • Tap their smartphone or smartwatch for a contactless payment

  1. The customer’s card, smartphone or smartwatch will communicate with the card machine, which then sends encrypted transaction data to your merchant account.

  2. Once received, the acquiring bank will send an authorisation request to the card provider, who will request authorisation from the customer’s bank.

  3. The card provider will verify the card details are correct and pass the authorisation request to the customer’s bank, who will then confirm there are sufficient funds or credit available to make the payment.

  4. Once the payment has been authorised, your card machine will display if it’s been successful. The customer can then remove their card if it was inserted and merchant and customer copies of the receipt will print.

  5. The funds from the transaction will be settled into your business bank account normally in three to five days, unless you have a Same Day Settlement service enabled.

Card machines for small businesses

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Countertop Card Machines

Fast and reliable card machine for businesses with a fixed sales point like a till, checkout, or desk. A point where your customers expect to pay in the same place every time they visit.

Countertop Card Machines
Verifone V240m portable card machine

Portable Card Machines

Perfect for restaurants and pubs, portable card machines can be carried from table-to-table by your team who can take payments at various locations within your premises.

Portable Card Machines
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