Point of Sale Solution: Wireless Credit Card Swiper

by Ka Edong on June 11, 2008

I was at Bolinao (see Bolinao photos here) last year. When it was time to pay, we couldn’t use our credit cards because the resort didn’t have a credit card terminal, sometimes known as a Point of Sale Machine, Credit Card swiper or in jologs terms, “kaskas”.

The cashier explained that they had just recently received their telephone line (a wireless phone) and that their application for the credit card POS was still pending.

I was thinking those wireless POS machines could come in handy in a place like this where phone lines and internet infrastructure isn’t as solid as in the main cities.

I had seen a wireless POS terminal at a Canada restaurant. But that one was wirelessly “connected” to its home-base within the restaurant.

Here is a wireless Credit Card POS used by PSI to collect seminar investments.

wireless credit card pos machine


This one connects wirelessly via the GSM network, I’m told. It accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express and JCB. It’s a machine administered by BDO and Equitable-PCI bank.

There’s a little charge (around 10%) that goes to the bank to process the payments. But for the convenience of the merchant, it’s worth it.

It’s a lot better than having a collection of POS machines for each bank or each credit card type, just like they used to have in some malls. Here’s what they have in Makati Med emergency room, a collection of POS machines:

Collection of POS machines

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strike a POS, there’s nothing to it


  • It’s the same wireless credit card swipers being used in most Hongkong taxis…

  • Daniela

    Has anyone used any good POS (Point of Sale) software recently? I’m currently checking out Salon Maid 2.26 by Alexandria Computers LLC. that is beeing advertised at http://www.AlexandriaComputers.com
    They advertise it as a Salon Software or a Salon POS software (for beauty Salons, spas, nail salons, etc…). I’m just wondering if anyone is using it currently or has used it in the past and has something to say about it (recommend it or warn me about it)?

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  • how w ecan avail a wireless credit card terminal and how much is it?

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  • I had been searching for some good point of sale software and has happened to click at wmpos.com.
    Its indeed a great informative site on various pos softwares that one can think about.
    They deal with wireless pos software related to different industries.

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