cardstream payment gateway

Is the Cardstream Payment Gateway right for your business?

The Cardstream payment gateway is a secure platform that allows transactions to be made in an online store..

To help you understand whether cardstream is right for your business, this article will look at:

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What do CardStream do?

Cardstream is an independent Payment Service Provider (PSP) that offers merchants a secure payment gateway allowing them to process credit and debit card payments online. Their services include a real-time virtual terminal for mail and telephone orders (MOTO).

Although an independent organisation, the company has partnerships with most UK acquirers. It serves a wide range of businesses including start-ups, sole traders, SMEs, corporate organisations and the public sector.

Cards supported include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Switch, Solo, Maestro, Visa Electron, JCB and Diners Club.

Cardstream also undertakes to assist merchants in finding suitable merchant accounts with its UK partners.


Who are CardStream ?

Cardstream was founded in 1999 and is privately owned. It has demonstrated year on year growth and has partnered with most if not all UK acquirers.

The head office, customer support and technology sections of the organisation are based in Somerset.


What does CardStream offer?

With a Cardstream account, merchants are able to process credit and debit card payments online, over the phone, or by mail order.

The Cardstream payment gateway is integrated into most eCommerce platforms, including Magento, WordPress, OpenCart and Shopify. Two integration methods are available: directly integrated to provide seamless checkout as the customer stays on the merchant’s website, or hosted which is easier to set up and doesn’t require the merchant to by fully PCI DSS compliant

Hosted pages use responsive design for payment over mobile devices.

A virtual terminal is used for processing payments over the phone or mail order.

Payment Gateway services

  • Contract period: 12 month initial contract then 30 day cancellation notice is required
  • Features: The gateway can be either integrated or hosted.
  • Per transaction charge Additional gateway tariff is 9.9p per transaction
  • Set up fee: 0
  • Transaction limit: No specified limits
  • Annual Charge: £18 per month inclusive of 350 transactions


Why choose CardStream ?

Cardstream offers a price guarantee and is one of the lowest cost payment gateways in the UK. For merchants seeking a merchant account, Cardstream undertakes to provide help. There are no additional charges and full fraud checking is included in the fees. As customer details are securely stored on Cardsave servers, merchants can process recurring payments. There are no set-up fees or hidden charges.

The company boasts excellent standards of customer service and provides assistance for all kinds of merchants, including high risk merchants, in finding a suitable merchant account provider.

Customer services are available in the UK from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm by telephone and 24/7 via email and social media.


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Author - Nigel Vaughan

Nigel has over 10 years experience in digital marketing, and loves tech and all kinds of electronics. A keen cyclist and cycle-tourist, he has cycled through 25 countries worldwide.