The bank launched its smartphone and tablet PC promotion on 19 October 2011, which was initially only available to platinum and gold cheque account holders.
The iPad 2 deal proved hugely popular, with many prospective buyers waiting a week or more to hear back from FNB after requesting a device.
When FNB launched the deals it also didn’t charge a courier fee, but this changed in November when the bank started asking R120 courier fee.
The table below shows the devices FNB has on offer, with the new Samsung deals on top.
|Device||Monthly price (for 24 months)||Gold Cheque Account||Platinum Cheque Account||Private Clients Account|
|Contract is for 24 months. Account fees are R92 p/m for Gold, R110 p/m for Platinum and Private.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 7” 16GB||R219||R311||R329||R329|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1” 32GB||R279||R371||R389||R389|
|Samsung Galaxy S2 Smartphone||R225||R317||R335||R335|
|Samsung Galaxy Note||R295||R387||R405||R405|
|Apple iPad 2 16GB 3G + Wi-Fi||R229||R321||R339||R339|
|BlackBerry Curve 8520||R70||R162||R180||R180|
|HTC Wildfire S||R70||R162||R180||R180|
These deals compete head-on with the specials on offer through mobile operators and Apple Premium Resellers such as iStore and DigiCape.
Vodacom and MTN both have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1” available on 2 year contracts for R369 which includes 2GB of data. The MTN deal also includes a Bluetooth keyboard.
iStore has the iPad available on MTN 2GB contracts from R389 per month for a 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model (R379 for Wi-Fi only with Mi-Fi portable hotspot device).
In the end, it’s up to the subscriber whether they prefer to have their tablet PC bundled with a data contract, or if they’d instead like to get the tablet for slightly cheaper but have to get mobile data services separately.
Terms and conditions
In addition to not providing a SIM card or data services with the device, FNB also places the following conditions on prospective buyers:
- You must have an FNB cheque account with the mobile pricing option (this limits the number of ATM withdrawals).
- Your salary must be paid into this cheque account.
- You must switch your debit orders to this account.
- Your credit report/record must be in good standing.
- You must register for FNB online banking.
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