We recently attended a media event by BPI Express Mobile and Smart at T.G.I. Friday’s Glorietta. Basically, if you haven’t tried mobile banking yet, now is the time to get started, especially with BPI Express Mobile and Smart Communications launching the Enroll, Load and Win promo for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers who use BPI Express Mobile. Basically, BPI Express Mobile and Smart are giving away gadgets to lucky Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers. All you have to do is enroll your existing BPI bank account to BPI Express Mobile for a chance to win 6 Nokia Lumia 710 units, a 16gb iPhone 4S, and the third generation New iPad. Then just use BPI Express Mobile at least once to reload a prepaid Smart or Talk N’ Text account, or reload your Smart Money account for a chance to win these gadgets.
“BPI offers the most convenient, secured and fast mobile banking service to clients. With this partnership with Smart, subscribers can now enjoy a unique prepaid reloading system that gives them the chance to win cool gadgets,” said Mr. Carlo Gatuslao, BPI Assistant Vice-President and Head of Channels Marketing & Sales Division, BPI Electronic Channels Group.
“Smart’s partnership with BPI has made mobile banking services doubly rewarding to our customers. Not only will they be able to complete various transactions with just a few clicks on their mobile phone; they will also get a shot at winning devices which, when powered by Smart, will allow them to truly ‘live more,’” said Anna Marie Cruz, Smart Department Head for Financial Services-Strategic Alliances.
The promo runs from October 1 to December 31, 2012, so if you reload your prepaid Smart or Talk N’ Text account or your Smart Money account using BPI Express Mobile, you automatically qualify for the draw. There will be monthly draws beginning November 15 through January 15, and the grand draw for the iPhone 4S and the third generation iPad will also be held on the 15th of January.
What I like about BPI Express Mobile through Smart is that it isn’t a smartphone app that you have to install and then use to connect to your account via mobile data. It’s accessible through all phone platforms, regardless if it’s an iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry or even your basic dumbphone, as explained to me by Erich Faustino, Channel Manager for BPI Express Mobile.
It is accessible directly from your Smart or Talk N’ Text SIM application menu, and each transaction is only P2.50. That’s cheaper than if I were to make those transactions through my phone, where I’d be charged P5 for every 15 minutes of data. It’s also a lot more convenient than having to stand in line for 30 minutes just for a single frigging transaction.
Ms. Kay Rimando, Strategic Alliances and Financial Services Manager for Smart, was kind enough to show me how easy and secure it was to access your BPI account via the Smart SIM menu and make a transaction. It’s even possible to link up to 8 accounts to BPI Express Mobile!
One thing we discussed over a great lunch was how to take advantage of BPI Express Mobile whenever you go out of town. Hate having to bring all your credit cards, ATMs and cash? Just bring your Smart Money ATM, reload it via BPI Express Mobile, and only withdraw what you need? That way, if your wallet or purse gets lost or stolen, you only have to report a single card rather than bother with calling all of your banks to have your credit cards and ATMs blocked and replaced.