Sometimes also referred to as Internet or smartphone banks, online banks like Revolut and N26 have been on everyone’s lips for some time. But what is behind these banks that provide their services primarily over the Internet? And how do online banks differ from traditional banks like PostFinance?
Behind online banks like Revolut or N26 are companies – or, more specifically, fintech startups – that offer a range of digital banking services. Since all of the banking for the account is done via a digital app or the website, such accounts are generally aimed at young, tech-savvy people. There are also differences in the services offered, be it in terms of the accounts, the options for withdrawing cash or the fees. These are the most important features that distinguish online banks from traditional Swiss banks: