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Old 05-09-2010, 07:07 PM   #21
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What is a smart chip card how is that different from US credit cards?
I've been caught multiple times where the restaurant / pub / grocery store accepted only smart cards.

Credit and Debit cards in Europe increasingly have a chip embedded in the card that holds your PIN. Instead of swiping the card it plugs into a slot and you type in your PIN instead of signing a receipt. In restaurants the server will bring a wireless cradle to you and you plug in your card and enter your PIN to approve the amount. The idea is that the card never leaves your posession. At a grocery store checkout the server will tell you to plug in your card and do the business - they will not handle it at all. When we were in rural Spain, the closest small shop had a slow dial up modem connection but it was smart cards only.

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Old 05-09-2010, 07:26 PM   #22
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Every time I ever used one in Europe, South Africa Thailand and Bonaire I got the Interbank buying rate , if there is a fee it is stated and added. Most times no fee.
Only irritation is that in Germany you dont get a paper receipt. so I always take out the same amount (400 Euro)

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