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21. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Tway,

What do you mean you dont think you can use your more flexible debit card there,as we would at home?

22. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting -reece-

What do you mean you dont think you can use your more flexible debit card there,as we would at home?

Oh - I meant that your debit card can probably only be used to take money out of an ATM here. I doubt you'll be able to use it over the phone or Internet, or to make reservations, etc. I think that flexibility must be confined to countries that offer it.

Mind, I may well be talking out of my hat! I've just never heard of such things being done here. You might want to check with your bank first, though.

23. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Tway,

Thats ok as i will only be using at atm's really anyway.Oh and the shops to of course.Thats providing i dont pack to much to take with me.

24. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

Just a note...

I was in Canada in March and I managed to use my debit card to buy Snowboarding lessons, on a coach, with no terminal and no chip/pin.

It was done the old fashioned way, by recording the card details and using a machine on carbon paper which records the card details to the paper.

Chip & Pin is fairly new to the U.K but my card has had the chip in it for years but its only really since last year I've had to punch in my pin. I don't honestly think it's any different in Canada but you guys seem to have been utilising the technology for longer.

I have used my debit card for internet purchases from Canadian stores previously as well. A debit card should offer no difference for any non personal usage (such as phone reservations) as say a credit card, the cards themselves are identical, its just the way your money is stored/used that differs.

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