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Metro Bank brings their app to Windows Phone

UK bank Metro Bank has brought its app to Windows Phone.

The full features app lets you:QRCode

  • View your account balances and transactions on all your accounts
  • Move money between your Metro Bank accounts
  • Make payments to existing payees
  • View transactions being processed
  • Pay bills
  • Manage your cards – temporary block, unblock and cancel your cards
  • View direct debits and standing orders
  • Find your nearest Metro Bank Store
  • Call the Metro Bank Local UK Call Centre

The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

First Direct Banking app heading to Windows Phone

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A tipster has informed us UK HSBC subsidiary First Direct will soon be launching a Windows Phone 8 app.

The bank currently has apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, but not Windows Phone.

On Android their mobile app lets you view statements for the last 90 transactions, make transfers, and make payments to those you have paid before.  Presumably the Windows Phone app will have a similar feature set.

The app is expected to hit the store on the 26th June, and will join apps by Barclays, Natwest, Lloyds, TSB, RBS, Halifax and the Bank of Scotland.

Thanks to our tipster.

PNC bank decides against a Windows Phone app

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PNC Bank is a large US-based financial institution. Like most bank these days they have an app for iOS, Android, and also for Blackberry and strangely enough Windows Mobile.

They do not however have anything for Windows Phone, though earlier enquiries indicated that one was in development as of July last year.

It seems things may not have gone as planned, as the bank yesterday told reader Thomas:

Thomas- We have decided not to pursue a Windows App at this time. However, we are constantly evaluating our technology and will announce it here if our position changes. Thanks for your feedback! –Rene

It is somewhat surprising to see a company in this day and age choose against supporting Windows Phone, when the OS has clearly shown it is here to stay.  Given that the company has changed its mind before it may be worth appealing to them to change their mind again.

Contact PNC bank to get your voice heard here.

Thanks Thomas for the tip.

Commercial Bank of Qatar release a Windows Phone app

The Commercial Bank of Qatar has released a banking app for their Windows Phone customers.

The app offers customers access to their bank accounts and credit cards to check balances, transfer funds, pay bills and even remit money locally and overseas.

It features:

  • Check your bank account balance
  • Check your credit card balance
  • View all your transactions
  • Pay your credit cards bills
  • Enquire & Pay your Ooredoo bills online
  • Purchase Ooredoo prepaid services (Hala Topups, Hala vouchers etc.)
  • Pay your Merchant bills (Schools / Clubs, Insurance and many more…)
  • Pay your Kaharama bills
  • Transfer funds between accounts
  • Send money locally or overseas
  • Order a cheque book
  • Cheque status inquiry
  • Credit/Debit card Pin-Reissue

Commercial Bank’s EGM of Retail and Consumer Banking, Dean Proctor, said, “With the continuous development of our Digital Banking services, even more customers can access and manage their money ‘on-the-go’. Digital Banking provides simple and convenient banking options through secure channels, allowing customers to manage their money in a way that suits them.”

Microsoft Qatar General Manager, Naim Yazbek, said, “We are proud to have partnered with Commercial Bank in launching their Windows 8 CBQ Mobile application and are very excited about the experiences users will have as they utilise the various easy-to-use and convenient mobile banking services offered by the application’s features.”

Commercial Bank rewards their customers for completing their everyday banking online, and now Windows Phone users can participate in Commercial Bank’s Digital Banking campaign, with an ultimate grand prize including a 65” Samsung Smart UHD TV and PlayStation 4 Console.

imageCustomers also stand the chance to win one of three top-of-the-line 64GB iPad airs in a monthly draw. Qualifying for entry is easy: customers simply need to download the Commercial Bank Mobile Banking app and then log in to cbq.qa/login to complete at least one transaction.

The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via Gulfbase.com

Polish mBank delivers a Windows Phone app

Polish bank mBank has just published an app for their service in the Windows Phone Store.

The app offers:image

  • Information about the balance , available funds on the card without having to login
  • Transaction History
  • Transfers ( ELIXIR , express , own , to social security , tax )
  • Money transfer to any contact in your phone book or phone number.
  • Top Ups
  • List of credit cards held and virtual
  • Card Details
  • Review of current operations
  • Contact details of the Bank
  • ATM locator
  • Locator CDMs , Financial Centres and Kiosks
  • Exchange rates
  • and much more.

The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

RBC Mobile app brings Canada’s first major bank to Windows Phone

The Royal Bank of Canada has released a mobile banking app for Windows Phone, the first major bank in Canada to do so.

imageThe full-featured app has all the usual functions, and also includes special features such as RBC’s INTERACT e-Transfer service, which allows RBC users to send money to other users who do not have accounts at RBC.

The free RBC Mobile app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via MobileSyrup.com

BNP Paribas release a Windows Phone banking app

BNP PARIBAS bank has released their "My Accounts" application for Windows Phone.

The app offers an overview of your last 3 months of transactions, including a graphical view of your expenses, lets you transfer between accounts, pay bills and offers contact details for your local branch and live chats with representatives.

imageThe app also offers tools and tips for managing your finances and can present your spending in graph form.

It also offers a live tile tile which represents your account state in the form of weather imagery.

The comprehensive app is free in the Windows Phone Store here.

Ally Bank to have Windows Phone app in “next few weeks”

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It seems customers of the Michigan-based Ally Bank will not have to wait too much longer for a Windows Phone app, as the bank has said on twitter that:

Our team is in the final stages of completing our Windows Phone app. It should be out in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

The arrival of the app will be another example of the app gap (at least when it comes to essential apps) rapidly closing, and I suspect by the end of this year, as Joe Belfiore said, it will no longer be an major issue.

Via Reddit.com

Barclays Mobile Banking app finally here

After much waiting it has finally happened – The UK Barclays Mobile banking app for Windows Phone is finally available in the Windows Phone Store.

The app lets you manage your bank account, transfer funds, make payments and offers mobile PIN Sentry functionality, which is a major plus.

The full list of features are:QRCode

  • Manage your Barclays personal and business and Barclaycard personal accounts, on the go
  • See all your recent transactions and check your latest balances
  • Transfer funds between your accounts
  • Make payments to people you’ve paid before and people in your payee list
  • Find your nearest Barclays branch or cash machine
  • Log into Online Banking more easily using Mobile PINsentry
  • Manage your Barclays personal and business accounts together using 1 application and 1 secure log-in.

To use the app you first need to authorise it using your PIN Sentry machine or an activation code.  After this accessing the app only needs a 5 digit PIN number. The app is unfortunately Windows Phone 8-only.

The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Barclays Bank app in testing, coming “very soon”

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It has been an exceedingly long wait for a banking app from Barclays, one of UK’s biggest banks.

It seems we are finally getting closer however, as the company revealed on twitter that the app is currently in testing, and “should be released very soon.”

Barclays revealed in August last year that user demand had forced them to consider an app – hopefully they will answer that demand, which has only been growing, shortly.

Thanks Simon for the tip.

ANZ bank still working on a Windows Phone app, but don’t expect it this year

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We first wrote about Australian bank ANZ’s plans for a Windows Phone app in April this year, but unfortunately it seems there has not been a lot of movement in this front, as the company remains the last major Australian bank not to have a Windows Phone app.

Fortunately the app still appears to be on the way, as their Facebook Support has promised the Mobile Team was working on an app.  They unfortunately also confirmed not to expect the well overdue app in the next few weeks either, so holding one’s breath may not be a good idea.

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Maybe we should all take inspiration from Amber, who asked the question, and who ultimately chose to remain with her Windows Phone and switch to a bank which supported her better.

So our readers agree? Let us know below.

HSBC UK not planning a Windows Phone app

1107hsbc2While we frequently report on banking apps for Windows phone being planned or delivered, we also sometimes have to report on companies which are not in fact sensing the increased demand from Windows Phone users.

Despite HSBC Canada already planning a Windows Phone app, it seems HSBC UK, which has a much higher Windows Phone market share, is not willing to invest in the Windows Phone ecosystem yet.

On enquiry their customer service first said:

Dear Mr R********

Fast Balance

Thank you for your recent Secure E- Message.

I regret to advise you that our Fast Balance App has been designed to run on the most widely used operating systems by our customers as listed below:

For iPhone – any device running Operating System version 3.0 and higher
For Blackberry – any device running Operating System version 5.0 and higher
For Android – any device running Operating System version 2.2 and higher

Unfortunately it will not work with Windows 7 or any other operating system not listed above. Whilst we have no immediate plans to change this we will continue to monitor changes in smart phone usage to ensure our App remains relevant. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Should you require any further assistance or have any other queries please do not hesitate to contact us by using the Secure E-Messaging system or by calling the 24 hour Premier Telephone Services on 08457 70 70 70, +44 1226 260 260 (if calling from overseas).

Yours sincerely
Delip
Premier Associate

 

When reminded of the increasing market share of Windows Phone in UK, they responded in a second email, saying:

Dear Mr R**********

Fast Balance

Please find below a copy of a message received from my colleague in response regarding to Fast Balance.
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Thank you for your recent e-mail.

May I respectfully advise, our earlier message outlined the bank’ position, however, thank you for your comments, we do welcome customer feedback, and your suggestion has been noted.

Kind regards,
Premier Customer Services Team
____________________________________________

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards
MF Chang
HSBC Internet Banking Customer Support

 

While HSBC is far from on board yet, I have no doubt sometime in 2014 they will be signing a different tune.

Thanks Kieran for the tip.