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Thursday, 04 March 2010 13:14

Westpac's iPhone users get better online banking

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The Westpac Bank has upgraded its mobile banking service to enable iPhone and iPod Touch business customers to "pay bills like GST and run payroll from their iPhone," in addition to viewing balances and transferring money.

Customers using Westpac's Mobile Banking can now: transfer funds to existing payees using 'pay anyone'; pay bills to existing billers using BPay; view and set up future dated payments and make large payments that require SecurID token authentication.

Westpac launched its iPhone app in December 2008 as an ATM and branch locator with a link to its web site. It was upgraded in December 2009 to offer enable users to transfer money between their Westpac accounts, view account balances and their previous 20 transactions and sign in to their personal and/or business profile.

However for users willing to suffer the difficulties of working with a standard browser interface on the small screen of a mobile device the full range of Westpac Internet banking services are available from any mobile devices with Internet access.

Westpac says it plans to continue to update the functionality of Mobile Banking this year and broaden the range of supported devices. A spokeswoman told iTWire "It's high priority for us" and said that support for other platforms would be available in "the order of months."

Westpac claims that "More than 100,000 Westpac customers already bank using their iPhone and most of them log in once a week to check balances and transfer funds between their accounts.

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