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POS 101: Offline Mode

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    Nafiu MD Idris

    Please I just want you to recommend a POS offline financial agent of yours that can render a transaction service for me.
    I want the POS offline operator to transfer some money to my customers account on my behalf.

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hi Nafiu,

      Nearly all POS systems have an offline mode that can take payments without the internet.

        BrianB

        Why is Revel singled out of the off-line mode POSs listed in this article. What is merchantmaverick’s and other reader’s analysis of Revel’s “Always on mode” that is a hybrid of using the iPad’s hard drive as a backup and Cloud based? Isn’t this approach as good or better than the approach of other iPad POS systems? Isn’t it a shared feature by all the POS systems highlighted in this article that when the internet is down credit card transactions can occur and data can be stored but credit card transactions can’t be transmitted or cards verified? Are any of the POS systems highlighted in this article able to transmit credit card transactions and verify the validity of the card when the internet is down? I would love to get feed back on these questions. Thanks!

          Matt Sherman

          Hi Brian,
          I’ll admit that line is a little confusing and the post probably needs an update. Personally, I think Revel’s offline mode is very good and on par with the ones we recommend in this post. Most POS systems who are wanting to stay competitive in the market are working to improve their offline functionality but there are still quite a few that, when the internet goes down, can only handle cash transactions. Of those that can still run cards and continue functioning as normal, the internet still needs to be restored before the full transaction can be completed.

            Kristine G.

            Great Article from a research point of view! (and witty)

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              Panagiotis Christoforatos

              Where can I get an offline POS devise? I would like to operate offline payments via POS devise.
              Thank you

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                Jessica Dinsmore

                Thanks for your inquiry! The article your commenting on recommends Revel. Have you had a chance to check them out? If you don’t think they’d be a good fit for you, we suggest giving Shopkeep a try.

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                  tino

                  my pos system consisted of my credit card terminal and processor that ran independently and not related to a 22 yr old dos offline inventory ,vendor and sales reports software that crashed 5 days ago. What offline software would you suggest. i do not want to pay monthly internet or cloud based fees. Im a small 1 register boutique and have been in business 13 years.I need basic stuff.

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                    Mikky

                    We have offline machine in China, Nigeria, Benin republic. Also need an offline machine in Hamburg if anyone have let me know cos I have a card there.

                      Zaidy

                      Mikky,we need offline manual 6 digit POS in China

                        Tomachi

                        I’ll like to know if a POS device Offline functionality particularly it’s ability to process credit card transactions is determined by the type of device or the service provider/the issuer of the POS terminal.

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                          Tom DeSimone

                          Hi Tomachi,

                          That’s determined by the POS software. Be aware that accepting offline transactions comes with risks. You won’t know if the transaction will be authorized until you go back online, so you run the risk of accepting invalid cards.

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                            Huni el

                            We are interested in the offline merchant account

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                              Jessica Dinsmore

                              Hi Huni el,

                              Thanks for your inquiry. I recommend Square for your business. They are more affordable than most of your other options and have offline functionality.

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