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Accepting Payments with a Static Terminal

If you are not familiar with accepting payments with a static terminal, this page will give you a basic understanding of what is involved.

What is a Static Terminal?

A static terminal is a phycial device that allows you to accept multiple types of electronic payments offline at your place of business.  It is sometimes referred to as a static terminal because it usually remains somewhat stationary because of its dependancy on a phone line - for dial-up terminals - or Internet connection - for IP terminals.

Some Advantages of using a Static Terminal

Static terminals are the most cost effective.  They are the most common and come in a wide variety to meet your processing and budget needs.  Cost range factors are based on processing features and connection type - dial-up or IP.  You recieve better processing rates from being able to swipe your customer's cards.

Some Disadvantages of using a Static Terminal

Like with anything, static terminals do have their own share of tradeoffs.  You are restricted to one location or a single point-of-sale, because of the connection dependency.  Customers have to come to you to keep your low-cost, swiped processing rates.  If your static terminal uses dial-up, you will need to share a line or purchase an additional phone line.   If you add payment options or change processors, your terminal requires reprogramming.  Special printer paper and ink ribbons for your terminal model.

How to Process a Sale with a Static Terminal

This depends on what payment options you offer.  To understand how processing works for for each option, you can read the following:

Choose from our full line of static payment terminals.