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What is a standalone terminal?

A standalone credit card terminal is a device that sits on your countertop, designed solely to accept credit card payments. It won't manage cash drawers, POS systems, or complex inventory.

Standalone terminals are one of the most popular forms of credit card acceptance. They're simple, inexpensive devices that allow for easy processing of credit/debit transactions. Historically, credit card terminals were considered to be at the forefront of technology, replacing the old "knuckle-buster" carbon-copy processing. Terminals have evolved over time to offer increasing feature sets, which now can compete with true Point of Sale systems. Smart Terminals have touchscreens, advanced software with upper-level features, and more integration options. 

Standalone terminals typically connect via a dial-up line, or an internet (IP) connection. They come with everything you need to process in the box, and usually don't have a steep learning curve. They're designed to be easy to use and simple for all employees to operate. 

Smart Terminals can start to get more complex, but that's often a good thing! A smart terminal can be a great way to keep costs down, while getting access to features typically reserved for point-of-sale systems, such as inventory, employee clock ins, and cloud reporting. 

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