FNB first bank to launch own mobile services
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – FIRST National Bank (FNB) will later this month offer subscriber identity module (SIM) cards to its customers.
It will be the first bank, beginning June 15, to offer its own SIM cards.
“Mobility and banking innovation are now synonymous in the minds of FNB customers, we are excited to launch a South African first for banking via FNB Connect as the next step in our digital evolution,” says Jacques Celliers, Chief Executive Officer of FNB.
“The FNB Connect mobile offering will add value to our customers’ lives as it is seamlessly integrated into all our banking systems,” adds Celliers.
SIM cards will be sold separately from devices and customers will be able to choose from a range of mobile voice and data products.
Currently FNB offers ADSL and 3G data rewards through its FNB Connect offering, which will now be expanded to include mobile voice and data products.
The bank is already established in the telecommunications space with over 2 million customers topping up with airtime and bundles monthly and over 285 000 discounted smart devices sold since 2011.
Officials believe the integration of this offering with digital platforms such as FNB’s Online Banking will afford customers the benefit of a single login to simultaneously manage their financial and mobile accounts.
This provides peace of mind knowing that the same advanced security that protects customers’ financial accounts will also protect their mobile accounts.
Customers will also have the option to easily port their existing cellphone number through FNB’s electronic banking channels.
“The core offering will be the Flexi Package, which is unique as customers can manage their account by creating their own mobile package and have the ability to change it every month,” says Ravesh Ramlakan, CEO of FNB Connect.
– CAJ News
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