What is a PDQ machine?
A PDQ machine is simply an alternative name for a Chip and PIN card payment machine. 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.
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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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 features:
Countertop PDQ Machine
Most commonly used by retailers when transactions are made at either a fixed desk or counter. The countertop PDQ terminal connects via a phone line or broadband connection to process card payments, you’ll need access close to your till.
Portable PDQ Machine
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. The base is connected to a phone line or broadband connection to process card payment transactions.
Mobile PDQ Machine
Perfect for businesses that don’t operate from a fixed location including taxi drivers, market stalls and tradesmen, our mobile PDQ machine connects to the strongest mobile network in the UK to process fast and secure transactions.