Whoaa ..! This is a mail I got from one of the banking news lists I subscribe to .. And if what it say is true then ICICI bank has really gone mad. Here’s the content of mail goes :
Be ready to lose money from July 01,2007:
ICICI bank is going mad from July 01, 2007. It has hiked the service charges applicable to all type of transactions ………
ICICI Customer Care has confirmed that these charges are applicable to Salary Accounts also !!!!!!!!!! See the attachment for more details.
1. Debit card usage : Rs.99/- service charges per annum for holding the debit card.
2. Cash Deposit : For cash deposit at non-base branch a minimum of Rs.150/-per deposit will be cut.
3. ATM usage : Only 6 transactions are free in a quarter. After that, Rs.15/- per transaction.
4. Monthly statements by courier : Rs.200/- per annum.
5. SMS alerts : Free for first 6 months from the date of registration. Subsequently Rs.25/- per quarter.
6. Rs. 100 per Standing Instruction
Are they really sure they wanna do this ..?? Only 6 ATM transactions per quarter ?? that comes to 2 per month .. Hahahaa .. Even my dhobi goes to ATM more than that .. Rs. 100 per standing instruction ?? OMG .. You take a loan from ICICI bank and make Standing Instructions in your current or savings account for payment of EI and they will charge you for that .. What a piece of crap ..!!
I’ve uploaded the full charges document that came with this mail here. Go through it and find a better bank ..
It was a surprise waiting for me when I logged in to Hotmail last night .. I noticed the green button glowing under the Hotmail sign asking me to sign up for testing the new Hotmail Beta .. I thought wow Ive been selected as one of the lucky people who can actually test and contribute to the service before its released .. I clicked on the button immediately and was presented with a Beta signup agreement page which I read and accepted .. I was eager to see the new features ..
The interface: When I logged in to Hotmail beta (aka Kahuna) the first thing to notice is changed interface .. I really liked what I saw .. Such clean interface reminding me of Outlook 2003 .. Clicking on Inbox lead me to the folder where message view was selected as three pane view which is default in Outlook 2003 .. And when you click a message in the Preview Pane, its content are displayed in the Reading Pane immediately without the need to refresh the page .. Some features such as MSN Messenger contacts info was missing from email page .. I saw in their info pages though that they will soon be adding it… The Calender is also integrated seamlessly into the interface .. The Calender’s interface is also similar to the Outlook .. Adding new events such as Reminders or Notes is possible just at a click ..
New Features: Now thats the best part .. New features include :