FNB has unveiled a new smartphone range. (Kyle Venktess, Fin24)
Cape Town - First National Bank (FNB) has become the first South African financial services company to launch its own branded Android-powered smartphones.
The FNB phones, which were unveiled on Tuesday in Cape Town, include the ‘ConeXis X1’ which costs R150 per month over a two year period. FNB's Gold and Premium customers have access to the higher specification X1 with 25 minutes and 100MB of data included.
Meanwhile, FNB’s ‘ConeXis A1’ is priced at R59 over a 24 month period. The A1 further comes bundled with 15 minutes airtime and 50MB of data included.
FNB said the phones, which will become available on September 1, are also set to provide free banking services while they are designed by Chinese phone maker ZTE.
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Kartik Mistry, FNB's head of smart devices said the company has applied “serious attention to detail in putting an entire smartphone package together.”
Mistry further said that customers can “walk into a bank with brick in their pocket and walk out with a bank in their pocket.”
FNB’s move to launch its own smartphone brand comes after the company unveiled its own branded mobile network last year.
FNB Connect runs atop Cell C’s network as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).
For R399 per month FNB are offering unlimited calls to any network as part of the smartphone launch, said the company on Tuesday.
The unlimited calls offer, which is available from August 24, can be taken up together with the FNB ConeXis smartphone deal or any other branded mobile phone, said the bank.
Below are photos of the devices.
*Fin24 has been flown down to the launch event by FNB.