07/02 21:06 EST

VODAFONE: Vodafone Corporate introduces Mobile EPoS terminals for remote payments

JUL 2, 1999, M2 Communications - Vodafone Corporate has become the first UK service provider to offer Mobile Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) terminals to its customers. The hand-held devices will enable businesses to maximise business opportunities by processing electronic transactions at the point of sale, wherever the customer is, ensuring that business is not lost as a result of being unable to accept credit, debit or electronic cash cards.

Some examples of business functions that would benefit from mobile EPoS technology include:

* Taxis

* Home delivery - eg. pizzas, home catalogue shopping * Courier services * Exhibitions and sporting events * Police - on the spot parking/speeding fines * Transport companies - windscreen repairers, vehicle recovery, ticket inspectors * Field salesman

Mobile EPoS terminals offer the same functionality and operation as standard PoS terminals, adhering to UK banking standards and regulations and integrating with existing payment networks. However connection to the bank is via Vodafone's GSM network, which enables a payment to be verified, authorised and processed remotely. A fast, reliable and resilient gateway between Vodafone and the Banks' clearing systems provide fast transaction times, occurring within an impressive 13-15 seconds.

The terminals provide companies with the potential to increase customer service, as well as protection against fraud and reducing transaction costs. Compact and lightweight, they include an in-built printer, rechargeable battery, communications interface and card readers. The on-screen menu, together with backlit display and keys, makes it easy to use in any location at any time. All terminals have internal security to ensure that all applications operate in a secure environment.

Vodafone Corporate also provides a complete Managed Service for its Mobile EPoS terminals, including supply and management together with pre- and post-sales support. This Managed Service is fully endorsed by the Banks and is the first service of its kind to be provided within the Mobile EPoS market. Vodafone Corporate offers a choice of terminals from key terminal manufacturers Keycorp, Thyron and Dione, together with a range of tariffs, and all running costs are charged to the user's itemised Vodafone bill. The Managed Service also includes:

* Complete supply and service solution for both phone and terminal * Remote software upgrades and configuration * Dedicated helpdesk provided free of charge * Training

Mobile EPoS terminals will be offered as part of Vodafone Corporate's Business Solutions portfolio - a complete range of mobile communications solutions for the corporate market.

Vodafone Corporate is the Vodafone Group mobile communications Service Provider specialising in serving the communications requirements of the corporate and business market. All Vodafone Corporate customers have a dedicated account management and customer services team, to ensure that all their communications requirements are met. Headquartered in Newbury, Vodafone Corporate has additional Call Centres in Basingstoke and Cheltenham.

Vodafone Group
Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)7000 500100
e-mail: [email protected]

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