Internet-connected point of sale terminals have not been the must-have Beanie Babies their manufacturers had hoped, but a deal this month by First Data Corp. to buy 50,000 of them suggests that the day for this technology may be arriving.

Hypercom Corp., which won the contract from Atlanta-based First Data, has been struggling to sell its Internet-enabled line, known as ePic ICE touch-screen card payment terminals. Jairo E. Gonzalez, president of Hypercom's transaction systems group, said the order from First Data represents a fifth of the 250,000 Internet terminals that the company has sold worldwide in its one year of trying.

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