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Old 08-15-2012, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Paywave looks good, but the chip seems to be more standard at this time.
I special ordered one from one of the US banks that required a pin code instead of a signature. I've hit numerous machines that have no scan reader in the EU and thus those stores had to manually get a authorization code to process the transaction. Any card that has the logo has the chip. Its just that the chip is not programmed to request a pin instead of the signature.

http://usa.visa.com/personal/cards/paywave/index.html

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Old 08-15-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: New Market, MD
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what a dumb title!
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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OP, your bank has dumb customer service.

I get why banks don't want to take foreign currency ... they're not set up for it. But honestly, not one employee at the bank could think to look up the location of a nearby foreign currency exchange service?
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: on an island
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OP, your bank has dumb customer service.

But honestly, not one employee at the bank could think to look up the location of a nearby foreign currency exchange service?
Yes, that surprises me too, but it seems that *service* in the banking world is not what it used to be.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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Overseas most banks give full banking services to everyone customer and non-customer alike and that service includes foreign currency exchange. So as already mentioned the tourist was acting according to what he assumed would be the same in the USA.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:35 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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I've been a "dumb tourist" in fourteen countries. It ain't hard.
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