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Australia Bound May 30th 2005 7:18 pm

A quickie question
 
Can i use switch in oz or does it have to be visa or equivalent? :)

Cheers

AB

macnet1 May 30th 2005 8:40 pm

Re: A quickie question
 
I lived there for 2 years and there was no sign of it anywere.

Are'nt switch & Solos going to move over to Visa debit cards anyway this July ?




Originally Posted by Australia Bound
Can i use switch in oz or does it have to be visa or equivalent? :)

Cheers

AB


Un-Co May 31st 2005 12:42 am

Re: A quickie question
 

Originally Posted by Australia Bound
Can i use switch in oz or does it have to be visa or equivalent? :)

Cheers

AB

Hi. I think you can use the Cirrus or Maestro things which are on the back of a lot of Switch Cards. My switch card worked here when I first arrived but I only used it at ATMs.

gedge May 31st 2005 12:49 am

Re: A quickie question
 

Originally Posted by Un-Co
Hi. I think you can use the Cirrus or Maestro things which are on the back of a lot of Switch Cards. My switch card worked here when I first arrived but I only used it at ATMs.

Same here. My UK Switch card has the Cirrus and Maestro symbols as does mu Oz ca card.
Read about maestro here.

Australia Bound May 31st 2005 6:09 am

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Excellent. Thanks all. :)

erm..Is there a charge to use the ATM's?

Un-Co May 31st 2005 6:17 am

Re: A quickie question
 

Originally Posted by Australia Bound
Excellent. Thanks all. :)

erm..Is there a charge to use the ATM's?


Oh yeah. It'll vary place to place. Aus banks would charge to for use of their oxygen if they could!! :rolleyes:

JackTheLad May 31st 2005 6:19 am

Re: A quickie question
 

Originally Posted by Australia Bound
Excellent. Thanks all. :)

erm..Is there a charge to use the ATM's?


Depends..., most banks allow a few free uses of other ATMs a month. HSBC allow 5 or 6, cant remember. Most people use cash back at the supermarkets so avoiding the use of ATMs.

(by 'most people' I mean me and Mrs JTL :D )

JTL

ABCDiamond May 31st 2005 6:25 am

Re: A quickie question
 

Originally Posted by Australia Bound
Excellent. Thanks all. :)

erm..Is there a charge to use the ATM's?

If it is a UK card then YES there are charges by the UK bank.
eg:

There is a handling fee of 1.5% (minimum £1.75) for withdrawing cash at Cirrus/Maestro cash machines worldwide. Foreign exchange rates are shown on your statement against each transaction inclusive of an exchange rate adjustment, currently 2.75%
So 2.75% + £1.75 minimum for this one.

blossom May 31st 2005 1:39 pm

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SWITCH is now MAESTRO


Blossom

Perthforme May 31st 2005 7:54 pm

Re: A quickie question
 
My bank have a service account ie a monthly charge, this gives me world wide travel ins and i can use cash points anywhere on earth with my switch for free :D
Check with your bank.

biggy May 31st 2005 10:09 pm

Re: A quickie question
 

Originally Posted by Australia Bound
Can i use switch in oz or does it have to be visa or equivalent? :)

Cheers

AB


I had a switch card....and got it changed to a visa debit card before I came over here....you can use it to take money out ATM's the Oz banks dont charge u for this but your UK one will.........The BOS tales a quid or there abouts

ABCDiamond May 31st 2005 11:30 pm

Re: A quickie question
 

Originally Posted by Perthforme
My bank have a service account ie a monthly charge, this gives me world wide travel ins and i can use cash points anywhere on earth with my switch for free :D
Check with your bank.

Which Bank is it, and what's the monthly fee ? It may be useful for some.

dolly41 Jun 2nd 2005 11:48 am

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ANZ is great. My son has a everyday account that cost him $5 a month unlimited withdrawals. no fee for internet like the commonwealth bank!!!
We have no fees due to the fact we have a mortgage with them.Cheap interest rate and a free credit card!!
If you have all your business with them they give you benefits!!!!
Sound good to me :)

Perthforme Jun 2nd 2005 6:26 pm

Re: A quickie question
 

Originally Posted by ABCDiamond
Which Bank is it, and what's the monthly fee ? It may be useful for some.

First direct (hsbc) costs £9 a month . Worth it if you travel often.


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