Contactless bank cards

Roland Perry lists at
Wed Nov 17 16:15:50 GMT 2010

In article <3601464F-220D-4D16-978E-79A3A7027C7D at>, Ian 
Batten <igb at> writes
>On 17 Nov 2010, at 15:28, Jon Ribbens wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 02:28:12PM +0000, Roland Perry wrote:
>>> We clearly live in parallel universes, because I've never seen a
>>> merchant do that (other than for a cordless terminal). And I always take
>>> a close interest in what's going on with C&P transactions.
>> You must indeed truly be living in a parallel dimension if your world
>> does not contain stand-alone PDQ machines.
>Indeed.  I paid for a prescription (phone doctor about infected finger 
>at 9, appointment at 0915,  at pharmacist by 0930, home by 0945 --- 
>that's the NHS we need!) this morning at the machine was standalone.

Do you mean "cordless"? I've covered those.

> I'm not quite sure where Roland shops, but he must never visit 
>anything other than airport duty frees and large multiples...

I've seen cordless units in eateries, I've never seen one elsewhere.

Is a "stand-alone" unit something different?
Roland Perry

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