It doesn't matter if you're fitting tyres on the roadside, turning tables during dinner service or powering through the queues in a busy store, we have a PDQ machine that can meet your needs, slot into your setup and hit the ground running. Take card payments from your customers anywhere, anytime with contactless technology, digital wallets and all major cards accepted.Get a quote
PDQ stands for 'Process Data Quickly' and is a basically a legacy name for the card machines, card readers or chip and PIN machines that we recognise today. However, some businesses still refer to them as 'PDQ machines', and they're not wrong as such, it's just like saying 'wireless' instead of 'radio'.
Since their inception and introduction into the UK, the technology used in PDQ machines has improved and developed, but they still have the same main function today; taking card payments.
We have a range of PDQ machines for all business types, including countertop, portable and mobile options. The one you choose will depend on the connection points available in your business (Broadband, WiFi, phoneline, mobile network signal) and where your customers normally expect to pay you.
For businesses that need to take payments virtually anywhere, like in a field at a festival, a market square in a remote town or even by the roadside, a mobile PDQ machine can be your pefect business partner.
With an integrated SIM card, these machines use neither 3G or GPRS technology to connect anywhere with UK or Ireland mobile network coverage and are completely wireless.
From the point of taking a card payment, it normally take 3 to 5 days for the funds to be settled and end up in your bank account. However, with our Same Day Settlement bolt-on, you can get funds 'from PDQ to account' not only the same day, but often in hours.
Cash flow is paramount to any successful small business, so we strive to get your earnings to your as quick as possible.
We're experts at switching payment services and typically save small businesses up to 30% on processing fees, with the same flexible agreement lengths and transaction rates available for businesses just starting out.
The 'PDQ' in 'PDQ machine' stands for 'Process Data Quickly', and was the original name for a card machine. Although the name is still used today by some businesses, the original devices aren't - as technology has progressed to become faster and more secure for the customer.
An original PDQ machine would accept payment by swiping the customer's card down the side of the machine and then being authorised by the customer physically signing a printed reciept, then handing it back to the merchant who would check the signatures matched.
This technology was replaced by the use of chip and PIN, because if a card was stolen or lost, a fraudster could use it to make purchases by simply practicing the owner's signature. The end-to-end payment process was insecure and arduous.
All our PDQ machines now have chip and PIN and contactless payments as standard, as well as accepting payments from digital wallets such as Google Pay and Apple Pay, letting your customers pay with their smartphone.
If you're looking for your first PDQ machine or are considering switching from your current supplier, we aim to make all our customers a saving of 30% on their current processing fees.
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If you hear someone mention a 'PDQ payment', they will normally be referring to the same payments taken by card machines or card readers; Where a customer pays for goods or services using a credit or debit card and either inserts their card and enters their PIN number into the device, or presents their card or smartphone for a contactless payment.
'PDQ machine' is an old name for a card machine. In some rare cases, the term 'PDQ payment' may be referring to old card payment technology and transaction processes, whereby a customer's card would be swiped down the side of the terminal and in order to approve the payment from their card, the customer would sign the printed receipt and hand it back to the merchant.
This technology is no longer used, as the risk of fraudulent card payments were much higher than the use of chip and PIN.