Chip and Pin Prompts in Italian

Sep 18th, 2010, 06:27 PM
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Chip and Pin Prompts in Italian

I will soon be using my chip and pin Visa card in Italy. This will be my first European trip with a chip and pin card and I am wondering what the prompts are in Italian or will the system "know" to switch to English for me? In restaurants is there typically an option for adding a tip offered? I did manage to muddle though a Spanish language chip and pin reader in Buenos Aires last year but I was a bit uncomfortable about the guesswork involved. (Only once, the rest were swipe and sign.)
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Sep 19th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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I used the same in Rome and the bank ATMs gave me the choice of a few languages on the first screen, one of which was English. From the next screen onwards there was no language problems! I didn't use any ATMs that weren't attached to bank branches so 'remote' machines may be different.

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Sep 19th, 2010, 03:24 PM
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Gavin is asking about point of sale purchases with a chip and pin credit card, not getting cash from an ATM.
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Sep 19th, 2010, 03:58 PM
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Thank you J62. Kind of you to point it out.

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Sep 22nd, 2010, 07:19 PM
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I now have it on authority of someone who was in Italy recently that language choices are offered by the card readers.
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Oct 17th, 2010, 06:32 PM
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We have now returned. Our experience was that the prompts are all in Italian but the only input ever required was the PIN then the green button. No option to add a tip was ever available.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Good to know Gavin. Thank you for the update. I hope you had a great trip!
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