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FNB, iStore, in more affordable iPhone X deal

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FNB, in partnership with iStore,  is offering qualifying credit card holders the new iPhone X and other selected Apple devices at more affordable rates.

FNB Gold, Premier, Private Clients, Private Wealth and RMB Private Bank credit card holders will be able to purchase the iPhone X 64GB (30 months) and iPhone X 256GB (29 months) at R749 and R899 per month respectively.

At 24 months, the customer can trade in the device and use the trade-in value to settle their outstanding balance, or continue paying for the remainder of the term.

Customers will have to purchase the device at any iStore in South Africa on their FNB Credit Card straight facility. Once a purchase has been made, FNB will transfer the purchase and limit onto a budget facility at a promotional 8% interest rate.

Heetal Govindjee, Head of Product at FNB Credit Card, says this exclusive deal, a first for the industry, is yet another way of adding value to customers by tapping into innovation and meaningful partnerships in order to continue offering them value for money, more choice and access to the latest technology at affordable rates over a reasonable repayment period.

“Not only will customers experience top of the range technology, without burning a hole in their pockets, this deal will go a long way to helping them to save, given the tough economic circumstances which continue to put pressure on disposable income,” says Govindjee.

She adds that this latest offering is aligned to one of FNB’s broader objectives to make smart devices affordable for South Africans who previously would not have been able to purchase them.

This exclusive offer follows the current FNB Connect data incentive, whereby customers are set to benefit from 3 million Gigabytes of data as a reward for using the bank’s digital platforms between 1 November and 31 January 2018.

This is in addition to the eBucks rewards that qualifying FNB customers get for using the bank’s digital ecosystem and other eligible products.

Although iPhone stock is currently constrained due to the overwhelming response from consumers, FNB Credit Card holders can join the waiting list at iStore.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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