Customers of major banks Wachovia, SunTrust, USAA and others can now conduct their mobile banking activity on their trendy iPhones, after Firethorn Holdings and AT&T announced the free app has been uploaded to the Apple App Store.
Firethorn, a Qualcomm company, released Mobile Banking on AT&T in mid-October, and provides a look at account balances, recent transactions, funds transfer and billpay options. The application is usable by any iPhone customer with a bank already running its mobile services on the Firethorn platform (which includes dozens of banks and institutions, including BancorpSouth, Arvest Bank, America First Credit Union, Synovus, Carolina First, and many others). While not customized for a particular institution like other iPhone-available applications (Bank of America, and the mFoundry-based application for banks like ICB of Texas), it does allow consumers to access multiple accounts at different banks through a single application. Plus, it’s got the backing of AT&T support.
Customers sign up by choosing their bank(s) through the iPhone menu and enter an activation code to use the app. (BTN suggests using the search function in the App Store – the Finance category has ballooned to 10 pages of various programs including currency converters and tip calculators.)
“The Mobile Banking application promises ease of use, security and high visibility – all strategically designed to achieve mass market adoption,” says Tripp Rackley, CEO, Firethorn.