Saw this one coming
Barclays sent me a replacement Visa card in February with contact-less tech. Called them up and asked for a non contact-less card instead, was told they can't do that, but could give me an electron card without contact-less instead!!
When asked why I didn't want the contact-less card I pointed out I worked in info sec, dabble in electronics and also a radio ham (No beard, sorry) and the technology was unsafe (if I can read my details from the cards, so can criminals). I was then issued with the usual propaganda:
Cards can only be read from a few centimetres away - No, that's a limitation of the reader, not the card.
Transactions are limited to £10/£15 - Only if details are used to make "contact-less" payments, not if used elsewhere.
Bank would cover any fraud so I wouldn't be liable for any fraudulent transactions - Yeah that's great, and they are very good at doing that promptly (having been screwed over by a large high street phone supplier handing my bank details (via direct debit forms) over to some con artist) but that doesn't cover my inconvenience having my life disrupted whilst I have to deal with it and wait for new cards etc. I would much rather not expose myself to the risk thank you very much.
Even had the cheek to ask "Wouldn't you like the convenience of being able to walk into a coffee shop and just swipe to pay?" What's so inconvenient about typing in 4 numbers?
End result, having banked with them for > 30 years, I changed banks.
According to a colleague, who banks with someone else, when issued with contact-less cards recently, he rang up and they have the option of non contact-less cards. Shame mine couldn't do that.