Types of chip and PIN machines
There are a few different types of chip and PIN machine. As well as the chip reader and keypad, most modern machines have inbuilt contactless payment functionality too.
Countertop machines stay in one spot all the time. They’re often used in large high street chains.
Portable machines can detach from their dock temporarily. Restaurants use these to take card payments at the table.
Mobile machines are able to accept payments anywhere there is 3G or wifi. Some readers, like iZettle’s, can be used for 8 hours without recharging. They’re ideal for taxi drivers, market stallholders or popup stands. They’re the most versatile of all the options, and suitable for everyone.