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April 13th, 2007 by Jamie Estep

If your Nurit 2085 isn’t broke, then don’t upgrade!

Filed in: Credit Card Equipment | 4 comments

I have been getting a plethora of emails recently from people who’s current processor is insisting that they need to upgrade their credit card terminal. While older Tranz, Zon, Linkpoint, and some older Hypercom T7P terminals are being phased out, the terminals that many of these businesses have are still well supported and very popular.

Broken Nurit 2085The Nurit 2085 seems to be number one of terminals that processors are trying to get their customers to upgrade from. In most cases much more expensive terminals were being suggested to replace the Nurit 2085.

Businesses shouldn’t need a new terminal:
The Nurit 2085 uses an operating system called NOS (Nurit Operating System). Right now there are two NOS versions commonly being used. NOS 6 and NOS 7. Terminals that are currently being manufactured are all NOS 7 as far as I know, while existing stock and older terminals will most likely still have NOS 6 on them. Both NOS 6 and NOS 7 are still functional, but some business types and applications will need a specific NOS version to operate correctly. With that being said, it is also possible to change the NOS version on a Nurit terminal. This is a fairly simple download that allows the operating system to be changed.

So, there is really no reason that you should have to upgrade your terminal, unless you need to use a feature that is not available with a Nurit 2085. Examples of these would be Ethernet, WiFi, high memory applications, unsupported 3rd party apps, or features and programs not compatible with your terminal.

The two exceptions:
There is one version of the Nurit 2085 that is not upgradeable. I’m not even sure on the exact model number, because we have only seen one of them is the last five years, but that one model cannot be upgraded to the recent NOS 6 or NOS 7 operating systems. If you are unlucky enough to have one of those terminals, then you may be in a position where you have to upgrade. But, the un-upgradeable model is extremely rare. By my guess these consist of less than .01% of Nurit 2085s in circulation. Secondly, your processor may be phasing out Nurit 2085 terminals. There isn’t any good explanation that I can come up with as to why to do this, but from the sheer number of questions about this I am getting, it looks like it may be happening with a few processors.

Personal Outtake:
So far I haven’t seen any solid info that any processors are phasing out Nurit 2085’s. Unless I missed some gigantic press release, I have no reason to think that this terminal wont work for years to come. I do know for a fact that 2085’s are still supported with most processors, and they are still the terminal that I recommend for entry-level needs. If you are confronted with this situation, I strongly suggest that you get an actual reason why you need to upgrade. You shouldn’t have to spend extra money replacing something that works perfectly fine.

4 Responses to “If your Nurit 2085 isn’t broke, then don’t upgrade!”

  1. josh marks April 13, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Wasn’t Nurit bought out by Verifone? I think I recently read that Verifone is going to do away with the Nurit line in the near future. Maybe that has something to do with it.

  2. Kane August 3, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Any idea where I can download a reference guide or manual for a 2085? Thank you. Everywhere on google seems to turn up nothing.

  3. jestep August 4, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Do you know what processor you are with? Some of the functionality changes depending on who your are processing through. But, I’ll see if I can find one and post it up here.

  4. Rose January 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    My Nurit 2085 authorizes, but stopped printing. Any suggestions?