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Chip and Pin???

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Chip and Pin???


I was wondering if it is now chip and pin over in Australia? We have to have a pin number for all purchase over in the UK but I hardly use my credit card, but will be taking it with me on my holiday. I dont use it that often so dont know the pin number so was wondering if I was going to be stuck paying for meals and hotels while I am out there... Any ideas?

Thanks, Helen

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1. Re: Chip and Pin???

I assume you can sign as well?

A lot of credit cards in Australia now have a pin as well now & either method can be used if the merchants system is a new one ( with a lot of smaller stores you can't yet use the pin, so that may mean restaurants as well)...

The system is not the same as the one in the UK...last year in London/Europe I was unable to use my pin there, always had to sign, but it may also vary from bank to bank.

Not sure if I've been any help or not!

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2. Re: Chip and Pin???

At the moment, most credit purchases can be made by either signing or pin number. I was informed last week by my bank, that by the end of this year, signing will no longer be an option. All credit purchases will be by pin only.

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3. Re: Chip and Pin???

Hi Helen

I've been able to do both with my chip and pin card in Australia. If you tell the operator you have a PIN, you can enter it in, otherwise you can sign for it.

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