ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Live from the field: Visa card @ BOB ATMs?

"I'm really good at spitting out paper slips!"
On Dec 15, 2010 BOB launched their MasterCard service, where cash (in Nu.) can be withdrawn from its ATM machines using a MasterCard. BOB's website now boasts an announcement regarding Visa as well. Here is what I found:

To find this information you can
  • Go to the BOB homepage and wait patiently for the flashing banner at the top to switch to the ATM information, or
  • Take the ThimphuTech shortcut and go directly.
Now, to the more hands-on part of this post: we tried withdrawing cash with a Visa card this morning. We learned two things:
  1. The maximum allowed amount per transaction is Nu. 10,000 (not posted anywhere, and the ATM machine does not give this information aside from spitting out slips of paper with the message "HIGH AMOUNT" if you ask for more)
  2. Visa cards are not yet supported. According to BOB officials (we inquired with the bank) it will take a few more days.

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