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Topic # 48667 16-Nov-2009 21:01
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Whatever happend to anz releasing debit cards? they were meant to be comming out a couple of months back? they use them in australia!
Does anyone know anything about this?

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  Reply # 273655 16-Nov-2009 21:08
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Have you asked ANZ?

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  Reply # 273656 16-Nov-2009 21:09
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I asked about it six weeks ago at the Canterbury Uni branch of ANZ, saying that ANZ/Nat are the only bank without debit visas. She said its quote "in the pipeline".

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 273663 16-Nov-2009 21:22
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I asked them a couple of weeks back too.
They said that a "Mastercard Recharge" card was in the works but gave a pretty vague timeline. I think they gave the usual "soon" statement.


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  Reply # 273668 16-Nov-2009 21:29

Yes, they are a MasterCard Recharge - Similar to the Travel Card that both ANZ/NBNZ currently have - seems quite odd when every other bank uses the debt Visa that takes money directly from you chq or savings account.

This system you have to 'recharge' the card!! seems a waist of time, you might as well go the post office and get a Prezzy Card and once it used, chuck it and get a new one.

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  Reply # 273669 16-Nov-2009 21:33

Most staff have one, they look similar to the prezzy card with the number printed not embossed on the card

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  Reply # 273670 16-Nov-2009 21:33
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Delorean: Yes, they are a MasterCard Recharge - Similar to the Travel Card that both ANZ/NBNZ currently have - seems quite odd when every other bank uses the debt Visa that takes money directly from you chq or savings account.

This system you have to 'recharge' the card!! seems a waist of time, you might as well go the post office and get a Prezzy Card and once it used, chuck it and get a new one.


I don't know if that is necessarily the meaning of the "Recharge" part. Maybe just fancy way of calling it a debit card. Or a point of difference from the standard "Visa Debit".
I would assume it would work the same way that a Visa Debit card does. Then again, like the saying goes - assumptions can be.........

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  Reply # 273673 16-Nov-2009 21:47

@dontpanic42 - a number of staff i know already have one, it exactly as described - recharge via any ANZ branch or via the 'chilli' website, or a bill payment (overnight processing) - they were due for public release now, but due to IT issues this is delayed for a month or so, something to do with the website to recharge the card wasn't working . this info is widely known as the staff have all being trained and are starting the sales process now. Also costs $2 pm. it's cheaper to have a debt visa with most major banks for $10 pa

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  Reply # 273674 16-Nov-2009 21:55
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Delorean: @dontpanic42 - a number of staff i know already have one, it exactly as described - recharge via any ANZ branch or via the 'chilli' website, or a bill payment (overnight processing) - they were due for public release now, but due to IT issues this is delayed for a month or so, something to do with the website to recharge the card wasn't working . this info is widely known as the staff have all being trained and are starting the sales process now. Also costs $2 pm. it's cheaper to have a debt visa with most major banks for $10 pa


Yeah.. sorry. Posted that before I saw your explanation. Like I said - assumptions can be.....
I'm glad I didn't hold out for one if that is the case. Doesn't sound as easy as a Visa Debit IMO.

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  Reply # 273678 16-Nov-2009 22:06

Yeah, When I heard this is what I thought:

BNZ / KiwiBank / Westpac / ASB all have the same product - they function in the same way but are different colours and have different logo's

Whereas this product is adopting the same principles as their Travel Card Product - also its using the same platform as these cards. They are simply a card you pay $2 pm and in my opinion you are better off in getting a Prezzy Card as there is only the one off $5 fee and once its used, you get another one for $5. Not having the ongoing $2 pm even if you don't use it



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  Reply # 273679 16-Nov-2009 22:13
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Do you know delorean if you have to be an ANZ customer to get one once launched? Or will it be similar to Prezzy card, in that anyone can get one? (to explain better - would I need to open an ANZ bank account, or could I walk off the street, purchase a card and walk out - like I can do with your TravelCard at the moment).

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  Reply # 273680 16-Nov-2009 22:16

Hi MP1 - No, you don't have to be a customer of the bank - it's the same as the travel card, anyone can have one (I assume Age & ID requirements are the same as opening an account)



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  Reply # 273682 16-Nov-2009 22:28
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they allready have those!? under prepaid cards on the anz website. so hopefully a debit card is what will be comming ?

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  Reply # 273683 16-Nov-2009 22:30
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they have them, but you can only get them in australian/uk/us/euro dollars, and normally the initial topup has to be $250.00, this will be similar, but in NZ dollars, and (i'd say) no large initial deposit to open.

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  Reply # 273684 16-Nov-2009 22:31

Yes, they already have the Travel Card. No, there is no debit card in the sense when compared to the other banks offering's



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  Reply # 273685 16-Nov-2009 22:45
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thats pretty lame, guess il just keep my westpac account open.

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