I have two press releases that bounced into my inbox regarding the FNB app and mobile banking.

Among the things covered are the App now being available on BlackBerry devices, and this deal includes a sweetener in the form of no data charges while using the app.

See the releases below for all the info:

FNB App now available for BlackBerry Curve and Bold

26 August 2011, Johannesburg – FNB has announced that their new ground breaking application is now available for download on the majority of BlackBerry smartphones, including popular handsets like the BlackBerry® Curve™ series and BlackBerry® Bold series.

Farren Roper Head of Products and Markets at FNB Connect says “We launched our App with touchscreen BlackBerry smartphones and had an overwhelming response from keypad device customers to make the App available to them as well. We are proud to be in a position where we cover both touchscreen devices as well as keypad devices.”

FNB has also collaborated with Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry® solution, to include the FNB App as a free download to FNB customers using BlackBerry smartphones.

BlackBerry smartphone users will not incur a data charge when using any of the value added services or performing banking transactions on the FNB App.

Roper adds “At FNB we are always looking for innovative ways of bringing down our customers data costs. The BlackBerry application is just another way of making access to our proprietary platforms easier and more cost effective for our clients.”

In addition to BlackBerry smartphones, the FNB App is also available to iOS (Apple) and Android users using Motorola, HTC and Samsung to name a few. FNB has indicated that Nokia Symbian is on the way soon.

Cash Withdrawal a success for FNB Cellphone Banking

29 August 2011: FNB today announced that its customers have withdrawn more than R79 million using Cash Withdrawal via Cellphone Banking. Cash Withdrawal using Cellphone Banking is a solution that enables FNB customers to withdraw money from an FNB ATM without the need of a bank card directly from their transactional account.

Ravesh Ramlakan, CEO of FNB Cellphone Banking Solutions says, “We are overwhelmed by the customer take-up of this solution. We believe this is due to the safety and convenience of Cellphone Banking.”

“In hindsight, with Cash Withdrawal there’s no risk of card skimming, as the customer does not need to use their bank card at the ATM,” adds Ramlakan.

The bank launched this solution in March this year — the first of its kind in the South African and African market.

“Technology has enabled us to respond quickly and proactively to our customers’ needs by providing them with innovative solutions. We’ve found that very few people forget their cellphones at home when going to work for example, but quite often people forget their wallets or misplace their debit cards in the car and only realize they don’t have their wallets or debit card when they get to an ATM. Cash Withdrawal becomes the obvious choice in these instances,” notes Ramlakan.

Ramlakan points out that banking in South Africa is currently at an exciting phase. South Africa is at the forefront of shaping banking trends in Africa and possibly influencing some of the worlds banking trends. We are still one of the few countries where the number of cellphone banking users surpass those on online banking and the only one in Africa to offer a cardless cash withdrawal solution.

“There is no doubt that cardless solutions are the future of banking. We expect to see more banks adopt cardless ATM withdrawal solutions in the near future, given the current popularity and market demand for the service,” concludes Ramlakan.

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