Mobile Money Ventures, the Citi-backed mobile banking and payments joint venture with South Korea’s SK Telecom, plans a U.S. rollout of an iPhone application in January, followed by a mobile Web-based service that will for the first time create a carrier-neutral banking service for Citibank customers.

Steven Kietz, Citi evp and CEO of San Francisco-based MMV, tells BTN that the service is being readied for its North American rollout for the retail side of Citi in the first quarter of 2009. The Mobile Money Ventures application for the iPhone, scheduled for release Jan. 10 in the iTunes application store, was developed with assistance by California-based mFoundry.  

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