First Union Corp. is expected to announce today that it will become the latest big bank to offer its banking and brokerage customers wireless account access.

The Charlotte, N.C., company will test the services with “a few thousand customers” in early January and roll them out in the first quarter, said Parrish Arturi, senior vice president of online strategy marketing. Customers will be able to view account information, transfer funds, and read financial news and stock quotes. They will also be able to sign up to receive market alerts through two-way pagers and personal digital assistants.

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