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Introducing Chip and PIN machines

In the last few years, Chip and PIN has replaced swipe and sign by enabling safer and speedier card payments for consumers. Often called PDQs, card readers and card terminals, they are now essential for any business looking to take card payments in person. Explore our Chip and PIN machines below to find out more.

Ways to take card payments


At the till

  • Fast, reliable & easy to use
  • Plug into your phone/broadband
  • Sleek, professional design
Portable card machine


Around your premises

  • Compact & easy to carry
  • 100m range via Bluetooth
  • Long-lasting battery
Portable card machine


On the go

  • Take payments anywhere
  • Robust & durable
  • Long-lasting battery

Compare Chip and PIN machines


CountertopChip and Pin

PortableChip and Pin

MobileChip and Pin

Visa, MasterCard
Apple Pay / Android Pay
High speed printing
PIN privacy shield
Splash resistant
Longlife battery
Charger base
Built-in SIM

CountertopChip and Pin


PortableChip and Pin


MobileChip and Pin


Why choose us

Superfast setup icon

Superfast setup

We’ll set you up in as little as 5 days – while other providers can take weeks.

Easy install icon

Easy install

Our card machines come with plug and play technology, making it easy to get started.

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24/7 support

Our dedicated team will help with your setup and be at hand for ongoing support.

The power of many

The power of many

By harnessing the buying power of over 60,000 small business, we can give you the lowest rates.

Chip and PIN machines, explained

What is a Chip and PIN machine?

Chip and PIN technology is used by businesses that accept credit and debit card payments.

These types of card readers can process payments quickly and securely, and can be used for taking payments on the business premises or on the move.

How does Chip and PIN work?

This type of card payment technology was created in order to improve the security of card transactions and protect both consumers and card providers from the growing levels of card fraud.

Up until the deployment of this new card system, consumers swiped and signed for goods using the black magnetic stripe on the reverse of the card. This transaction method had a number of flaws that made it very easy for fraudsters to gain access to card information. The computer chip technology was seen as a surefire solution to this and was championed by the major banks who were eager to crack down on card crime.

The ‘chip’ installed in the cards is about the size of a pinhead and stores a record of the 4 digit PIN number. When the customer inserts the card, the card machine reads the chip and the transaction is verified when the customer enters their matching identification number.

What types of Chip and PIN machines are there?

Most businesses use one of three different types of Chip and PIN reader to process card payments.

The Countertop is most commonly used by the likes of retailers and restaurants or any business where payments are taken from one fixed location in the premises.

The Portable, which can be picked up and carried around like a regular phone handset, is perfect for hospitality and catering or in larger stores.

The third type of Chip and PIN reader that you may come across is the Mobile or GPRS card machine, which can be used anywhere that receives mobile phone reception.

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Frequently asked questions

How is a Chip and PIN machine different to a card reader?

There’s no difference. You can use either term to describe a card machine that accepts card payments. You might’ve noticed these same machines in shops, bars and restaurants.

How many different types of Chip and PIN devices are there?

We have a selection of Countertop, Portable and Mobile machines available to you. When picking the most suitable device for your business, it’s important to consider what functions you need.

For example, a Countertop machine is great if your transactions take place behind a till. These secure, reliable devices are perfect for cafés and salons. A Portable machine will give you more flexibility using a Bluetooth connection and let you process card anywhere within 100m of your till or EPoS. These devices are perfect for most restaurants.

If you need total freedom then look no further than a Mobile Chip and PIN machine. These devices allows you to take card payment on a secure wireless network, ideal if you’re taxi driver.

How long does it take to deliver?

We’ll get a Chip and PIN machine to you within 5 days of your merchant account approval. Our competitors can take weeks and even months to get you up and running. We keep our service fast and efficient so your business keeps growing.

Can I set up the Chip and PIN machines myself?

Yes – and it’s really simple. Take your new Chip and PIN reader out of the box and switch it on. Then follow the on-screen instructions – which takes just a few minutes, it’s that easy. If you have any problems, simply get in touch with our team of our experts who are available 24/7. Our priority is make your setup effortless.

What types of cards can I accept?

All of our terminals are compatible with all major major credit and debit cards – this includes Visa, MasterCard and Maestro Express.

Can I accept Contactless card payments?

Yes. Our range of Chip and PIN machines include Contactless, Apple Pay and Android Pay functionality. The best part is we don’t charge extra for any form of payment.

What happens if my terminal breaks down?

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have problems with your Chip and PIN machine. Hopefully, we can fix the problem over the phone. However, if the issue persists, we’ll deliver a brand new replacement to you within 48 hours. Our maintenance and replacement services are fast to keep your business running smoothly.

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