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Aircharge merchants go BlackBerry-picking

Product: Wireless payment processing software
Company: Aircharge Inc.

On-the-go merchants now have a new cell phone option for Aircharge wireless payment processing software. Working with Sprint Nextel Corp., Aircharge has adapted its software to the popular BlackBerry device for mobile payment processing.

The software enables credit card and signature debit swipes on a BlackBerry device, as well as Java-enabled Sprint and Nextel phones. Aircharge can be loaded over the air to the merchant's BlackBerry.

Mobile merchants use Aircharge-equipped devices to accept card payments for limousine and delivery services and tradeshow and flea-market sales. The software enables real-time, Internet-based transaction reporting and processing.

The company's JavaME software for wireless payment processing is certified to operate on the Sprint PCS Network using BlackBerry models 7130e and 7250 and on the Nextel National Network using the BlackBerry 7100i and 7520.

The Aircharge wireless payment solution is compatible with multiple front-end processors. The software complies with Visa U.S.A., MasterCard Worldwide, Discover Network and American Express rules regarding storing, printing and viewing card information.

Data may be transferred securely for on-the-spot transaction approvals, reducing merchant fees, chargeback losses and fraud. Transactions processed at the POS may be closed out daily via automated batch settlement. Simplified amount entry screens assist accurate data capture, reducing back-office manual processing.

Optional features include tip entry, order/invoice number entry, disable refund option and additional security with entry of the last four digits for swiped card transactions. The software's manual transaction capability uses Address Verification Service security.

Customizable options include a swipe card reader or swipe card reader/printer. Swipe and printer units use no phone power and are easily connected and interchanged between like phone models.

Every customer activating an Aircharge device is given a gateway account, which provides features such as virtual terminal processing, current batch monitoring, activity reports, individual unit reporting and historical data exported to a spreadsheet program.

Aircharge Inc.

Article published in issue number 060802

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