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BancABC is running prepaid Visa money-back promotion

In case you haven’t noticed there is a prepaid Visa/MasterCard promotion war out there as banks duke each other in a bid to win your cash. BancABC has been at the forefront of these wars with various promotions including one involving Spotify and Apple Music as well as offering Chicken Hut meals to those who […]

ZB introduces its own prepaid Visa promotion as banks scramble for customers

A few weeks ago we wrote about BancABC’s latest prepaid Visa promotion where you stand a chance to win a Chicken Hut meal if you order their prepaid Visa via Branch X. Now it seems ZB has entered the fray with their own promo as the scramble for customers heats up. Don’t look at me […]

Google now rejecting prepaid cards for some of its services

Recently I decided to brush up on my JavaScript skills and decided to deeply learn the language, something I have avoided for years for some reason. As part of my learning, I was required to sign up for a Firebase account and during the process, I was asked to add my card details. I whipped […]

FBC becomes the 7th entry in the banking zero-rate revolution

FBC Holdings Zimbabwe has become the latest entry into the zero-rate revolution. The group’s customers will no longer need to have data to access the following FBC Bank/Holdings platforms: Mobile Moola FBC Internet Banking OBDX Zipit Smart/ Mobile Moola Merchant FBC Health Mastercard Prepaid Card app FBC yakO!Agent Portal (Insurance) and the customer yakO! app […]

FBC Mastercard services to be temporarily down

Hope you paid for you Netflix in advance

FBC launches Mastercard Tap ‘n’ Go cards and POS machines

Contactless cards and POS machines might soon become commonplace

How do Zimbabwe’s prepaid US$ card fees stack up against one another?

Here’s a look at how the prepaid US$ (VISA or MasterCard) card options in Zim stack up against each other on transactions fees and other charges.

FBC launches dedicated Foreign Currency Exchange Centre

FBC Bank has, in a statement, announced the launch of a dedicated Foreign Currency Exchange Centre. The Forex centre will be housed at FBC’s number 76 Samora Machel Avenue branch. Customers will be able to do the following at the FBC Bank Foreign Exchange Currency Center: Prepaid Mastercard deposits Prepaid Mastercard de-loads Prepaid Mastercard issuance […]

FBC Listens To Customers & Removes Annual Fees For Prepaid Cards

A fortnight ago, FBC took the curious decision of adding annual fees to their prepaid cards, with individuals and businesses expected to pay $15 and $20 respectively. It was a curious decision for a number of reasons; firstly FBC risked angering customers who would then go to other banks who offer similar cards without any […]

If You Don’t Have USD Here Are Alternative Ways To Prefund Your Prepaid Visa/MasterCard

We have said this countless times and everyone who reads this blog probably already knows: if you want to make an international payment most banks will ask you to prefund your account with real USD. No real USD no international payment for you right? Well, we sort of lied by omission there. It is possible […]

#Press Release: Use Your FBC MasterCard And Stand A Chance To Win A Trip To Paris

FBC Bank has launched a new promotion called “Transact without borders” where card holders who use their Prepaid MasterCards from now until 31 January, when the competition ends, can win an all expenses trip to Paris among other prices. FBC Mastercard prepaid cardholders in Zimbabwe stand a chance of winning a grand prize of a […]

Stop Being Fleeced Here Is How You Can Pay For DSTV Cheaply

We can all agree that paying for DSTV is quite a hustle these days. The only bank that I know that was accepting bollars/zollars was Nedbank, but even they have since stopped. I guess after the Honourable Minister of Finance ordered banks to separate steak from the offals no one is buying the whole one […]

Give Yourself Peace Of Mind By Keeping Track Of Your Loved Ones, Car And Things

Last Wednesday was a dark and distressing day for a lot of people. One of our neighbours had children who were attending a birthday party across town. When news of violence and shots fired hit social media they went down in throes of anxiety as they tried to call them and their phones went unanswered. […]