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Offline Debit Card


Synonyms:disconnected, unplugged
Filed Under: financial-banking
Tags: banking, debit cards
 

Definition of offline debit card

offline debit card
1. Cards that share traits of both ATM and credit cards. Offline debit cards have the VISA or MasterCard logo on them and can be issued by a bank, either instead of or in addition to an ATM card. These cards can be used at any establishment that displays the VISA or MasterCard logo, but using them doesn't access a line of credit -- it debits a customer's chequing account. It is "offline" because the account isn't directly accessed -- there's a delay of 24 to 72 hours before the debit is made in the account. If you sign a slip of paper to conclude the transaction, it was offline. In the Canada, a Personal Identification Number (PIN) may be required to use an offline debit card.

Related Terms and Acronyms:

  • credit card (CC)   A plastic card with a coded magnetic stripe that, when signed, entitles its bearer to a revolving line of credit, with a credit limit and interest rate determined by the borrower's income and credit report.
      ➥  A payment card that gives customers access to a revolving line of credit.
  • debit card (DC)   A payment card that is linked directly to a customer's bank account. Some cards require a personal identification number. Others require a customer's signature. A PIN-based or direct debit card removes a purchase price from a customer's chequing account almost immediately. A signature-based or deferred debit card has a Visa or MasterCard logo and removes the purchase price from a customer's bank account in two or three days.
  • online debit card   A method of payment in the form of a card that immediately deducts funds from a person's bank account when used. The card may have a VISA or MasterCard logo on it, or just the name of the bank that issued the card, similar to an ATM card.
  • personal identification number (PIN)   A unique, confidential number or pass code, usually consisting of four to six digits, entered by a customer when using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Interac Direct Payment, that gives the customer access to his or her account.
  • smart card   A card with an embedded computer chip which stores more information, performs more functions and is more secure than a credit card or debit card.

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