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What is a PDQ Machine? 

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A PDQ machine is simply an alternative name for a Chip and PIN card payment terminal. Standing for ‘Process Data Quickly’, this name was used when card machines were first introduced in the UK, before Chip and PIN technology was accepted.

PDQ machines are a very popular choice in the UK today. There are three different types of card terminals available, each with their own individual feature.

How does it work?

A PDQ machine would be used to swipe the magnetic strip on the cards to make payment transactions. This allowed the machine to check that the account had enough funds for the transaction, with the screen displaying an approved or not approved message. If the transaction went through the customer would also sign to verify it. This resulted in a much slower process.

Now known by a few different terms including Chip & PIN machine, credit card terminal and card machine, PDQ machines have advanced since their introduction, using Chip and PIN to take faster card payments. Enabled with the latest technology, our PDQ machines are quick, reliable and secure. Contactless, Apple and Android Pay now also come as standard, which makes paying even faster.

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What are the different types of PDQ machines?

Countertop terminal

The countertop PDQ machine is commonly used by retailers when transactions are made at either a fixed desk or counter. 

Portable terminal

A portable PDQ terminal connects to its base using Bluetooth, allowing for payments within 50m of its base unit. Meaning you can take the terminal to customers.

Mobile terminal

The mobile PDQ machine is perfect for businesses that don’t operate from a fixed location including taxi drivers, market stalls and tradesmen.

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Chip and PIN card machine

Countertop PDQ Machine

The countertop PDQ terminal connects via a phone line or broadband connection to process card payments.

Portable Chip and PIN machine

Portable PDQ Machine

A portable PDQ terminal connects to its base using Bluetooth, allowing for payments within 50m of its base unit.

Mobile Chip and PIN machine

Mobile PDQ Card Machine

Our mobile PDQ machine connects to the strongest mobile network in the UK to process fast and secure transactions.


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