[LINK] RFI: Contactless Credit Cards in Oz

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Wed Jan 6 15:23:49 AEDT 2010

Don't Woolworths petrol stations offer the same kind of thing for their specially-branded credit card for petrol purchases? I know that the ACCC took an interest in the card, since although it purported to be a 'Mastercard', it was only able to be used to buy petrol/gas/diesel.

The Commonwealth Bank sent me a new credit card recently, extolled the 'virtues' of being able to make transactions up to $35 without contact - and my daughter has had one since June from the same bank, but used as a debit card.

I'm not impressed, since I cannot see how a purchase can be truly verified.


On 06/01/2010, at 3:03 PM, Robin Whittle wrote:

> I received a new Commonwealth Mastercard in November and was
> surprised to see it has the PayPass facility - short-range
> contactless RFID-like communication for transactions up to a certain
> value (AUD$35).
> The card came with a letter to this effect, and has the word:
>  paypass
> on the front.
>  http://www.commbank.com.au/personal/credit-cards/paypass.aspx
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paypass#PayPass
>  http://mailman.anu.edu.au/pipermail/link/2009-November/085630.html
> I haven't used it like this - o noticed any PayPass readers in shops.
> I understand they are common in the USA.
>> From my brief research in November, I recall that other types of card
> have different technical arrangements for doing much the same thing.
>  - Robin
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