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Re: Using credit cards in France

Source: http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.travel.europe/2006−01/msg04732.html



      • From: Mxsmanic <mxsmanic@xxxxxxxxx>
      • Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2006 04:20:52 +0100

Richard J. writes:

> I found in November/December 2005 that there were many different means
> by which my UK Chip−&−PIN Mastercard was accepted in Parisian retail
> outlets. For those that would read the chip, some terminals then
> displayed instructions in English like "Please wait", others in French.
> Some restaurants could only read it on their central unit, not the
> portable terminals. Some tried to read the chip, gave up, swiped it and
> got me to sign the slip. Some swiped it, said that didn't work, then
> successfully inserted it to read the chip when I suggested this. One
> even asked me to sign the slip after the terminal had accepted my PIN.
> Several shops tried reading the chip and said it didn't work; could I
> use another card please? I told them to try again: "It always works the
> second time" − which it did, much to their surprise!

When you consider that the card contains a computer, the POS contains
a computer, and sometimes there is a third computer (the local store's
computer) and there may even be a fourth (the bank's remote computer),
it's not surprising that lots of problems arise.

Nevertheless, ultimately the smart cards are much more secure and
convenient than cards with a magnetic stripe. Eventually it will all
be sorted out.

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