dan2006 wrote:ThorsMallet wrote:Tried Taishin bank again today, this time at the Nanjing East Rd branch, where I figured they'd be more likely to have someone who spoke English.
Anyways, I spoke to a woman in English who and asked her if they offered foreigners Visa debit cards that would work both online and at ATMs abroad. She said that they did and that the only limitation was that the international functioning would be disabled once my ARC expires, fine, I thought. So after sitting there for about 45 minutes while they typed away on the computer they give me an ATM card with NO Visa logo and no numbers at all! I was confused so I asked the same woman I spoke to earlier why it wasn't a Visa card and she said, "We don't offer Visas to foreigners" I argued with her, but she denied ever saying that they did...... I was furious.....
Back to the drawing board......
I should mention, the card did have a PLUS logo on the back and the woman said that it could be used to draw money at foreign ATMs, however they only gave me a 6-digit pin so I'm a bit skeptical.
I hope you closed your account. I would absolutely refuse to do business with a company that would say one thing, and then lie about it when confronted.
I have had such poor success with Taiwan banks as they are the epitome of uselessness. Hopefully they will all sink underwater at some point.
Yea, I closed it the next day. Actually when I was trying to open my account with China Trust, they saw on their computer network that I had opened an account with Taishin the day before. They told me that I would have to close my Taishin account before opening a China Trust one because of some regulation against opening multiple accounts in a short period of time. Needless to say, the Taishin people were pretty confused as to why I was closing an account I'd had for only 1 day.