Now that most major brokerages have given account access to customers through wireless devices, the question remains when banks will catch up.

Banks are clearly eager to pursue this new customer access channel - which, depending on whom you believe, will either be the way people handle their finances in the future, or something of a fad. Most people can see that cellular telephones and handheld personal organizers have become staggeringly popular, and the numbers bear out the empirical evidence: According to Jupiter Communications, there are 20 million wireless devices in use in the United States, and the U.S. wireless data subscriber base will exceed 100 million by 2003.

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