BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Customers of Ulster Bank Group in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland soon will be able to gain access to their accounts through the mobile phone network.Wireless Application Protocol software from Dublin-based Macalla Software will let Ulster Bank customers get in to their accounts 24 hours a day from any location. The bank has scheduled an internal rollout of the service in February, with general release to follow in April.

Initial services are to include access to account balances, checkbook requests, and retrieval of transaction details based on search criteria entered by the customer. Future applications are to include interaccount transfer, bill payments, and credit card support.

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