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Old 25th December 2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,
Great forum. I apologize if this question does not belong in this category.

Can someone tell me the difference between the Nurit 8000S and Nurit 8000GPRS wireless credit card machine??

Thanks in advance.

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Old 27th December 2005, 05:43 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard, ChaiKneez!

Good question ... the answer has to do with the wireless networks used by the devices.

GSM: Global System for Mobile Communications

You might recognize this protocol as one of the primary protocols being used by cell phones (along with CDMA). You might want to use the 'S' version of the product if you are located in an urban area with good cell phone coverage.

GPRS: General Packet Radio Service

If you're pretty geeky (like me) you would recognize this as the same protocol being used by the HAM radio community to communicate over the Internet. (Fascinating stuff, packet radio.) You might want to use the 'GPRS' version of the product if you are located in a rural area with limited cell phone coverage.

The Nurit 8000 series is the first handheld, wireless terminal that is able to use the GSM/GPRS protocols, and looks to be the market leader in this area, despite some problems with the first units to be released. (The Verifone Omni 3600 product supports the GSM protocol and the CDMA protocol, however it is not able to use the GPRS protocol.)

Most wireless terminals relied/rely on either the outdated CDPD (Celluar Digital Packet Data) protocol, on the Motient/Mobitex network (that was also used by Palm.net before they discontinued the service), or on the current market leader, CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access, a cellular technology orginally known as IS-95). The Mobitex network will be around for awhile, however its coverage is quite limited, particularly in rural areas (see this map for coverage details). CDMA is still going strong and is in use by many cell phone companies as their primary wireless protocol.

To sum up: The Nurit 8000 series products use the latest and greatest protocols available to handheld, wireless POS terminals (for credit card processing and such). Depending on how the device is set up, it can use either of two popular wireless services. Its ability to tap into the GPRS protocol is very new, and care should be taken to test the devices out thoroghly before your company commits to it.

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I know this is an old thread, but I have a question about the 8000. I'm new to terminals, business always did banks transfers until now. I'm curious how the service works. I have Cingular voice (GSM) and I know the unit can take my sim card... but will it also transfer data for my merchant account or do I need another card for the GPRS? I really don't want to spend the extra $$$ for another service if I could just take my SIM card and install and transfer the merchant and sale data to my CC company. Thanks in advance.

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You might also look into the Nextel phones - some processors support an add-on to their phones as well.

Or you might consider getting a virtual terminal and swiping the card if you can or using a knuckle-buster to imprint the card and then run the card when you get back home - depending on the type of client.

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Welcome to the forums, Humpty!

You need to check with your merchant account provider regarding which types of protocols they use, and through which channels. GSM and GPRS are as different as regular voice traffic and TCP traffic ... they are not naturally compatible with each other.

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Hole smokes... did anyone else notice the view count on this thread?

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I know this is an old thread, but I have a question about the 8000. I'm new to terminals, business always did banks transfers until now. I'm curious how the service works. I have Cingular voice (GSM) and I know the unit can take my sim card... but will it also transfer data for my merchant account or do I need another card for the GPRS? I really don't want to spend the extra $$$ for another service if I could just take my SIM card and install and transfer the merchant and sale data to my CC company. Thanks in advance.
The merchant account provider will take care of the sim card for you. And no you cannot use the one with your phone. It has to be a sim card from Apriva which processors contract with to setup their wireless accounts. The nurit 8000 is still a good terminal but if it is used you need to check with your processor to make sure it is not registered to another processor. If so you may not be able to use the terminal until 3 months of inactivity on the account go by. In other words stick it in the closet for 3 months.

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