With the demise of Travelex's Euro or British Pounds availability in the USA while they and MadterCard sort out their differences I have been searching for a new way to not get caught up in the PIN code less traps around Europe.
The SFR PayCard, sold in France may the answer so over the next few days I will put it to the rest.
The SFR PayCard offers both PIN and NFC contact less payments, works like a stored value card, and promises reloading across France or vi bank transfer. What I like it for is I can now again have a Euro based card that gets me around hassles that are increasing as I travel at railway stations and autoroute toll booths that no longer have live collection agents. It also helps to avoid currency exchange issues, swipe card misreads, reduces the credit card skimming risks but most of all allows me to register the card with mobile operators, at least in France, to recharge my phones credit or buy flights in Euros.
You may be wondering why with all the credit cards I carry I need this?
Over the last 48 hours my Amex had been subject to false positives for fraud, my Visa being unable to be used to buy a train ticket because it lacks Chip and PIN technology and I was forced on the autoroute to use cash to pay tolls as some autoroute toll gates simply will not accept USA credit cards due to chargebacks and fraud.
-- Andy Abramson