The second type is the "MOTO" or mail order-telephone order charges higher rates for services because it requires more effort for any transaction to be made. Experts say that the MOTO accounts were created to cater to the credit card processing needs of those mail order companies when they receive sales or other transactions with the use of either mail and telephone line. This type of merchant account is usually more expensive because it uses more pieces of equipment like modern technologies—through the personal computer complete with accessories needed like the keypad and the physical terminal as well as the software needed for the program to run effectively.
The third type is the "Internet" which is very similar to the cost, the set of rules, and the means of using the "MOTO". The only difference is that it is more organized and more updated. Here, the transactions are being made using a virtual terminal that play as the "gateway" for payments and other processes that are being made. The internet type of merchant account uses usually uses a program that is custom-designed for its clientele such as the HTML format or the shopping cart format when dealing with payment processes and transactions.
People who don’t have much knowledge on these types would be easily confused since they all adhere to a common policy—to ensure that there is efficient merchant account processing. But, when closely examined, there are great differences in these types, which cannot be ignored. When these differences are not identified early and properly, it can be detrimental to the business itself.
Experts say that the major differences among these three types is the rates or charges they have when it comes to transaction fees and the rules they implement in terms of account usage.