Bank of Montreal Vice President Mark Dickleman tells of a breakfast meeting he had recently that convinced him of the future of wireless banking.

At the end of the meal, the executive he was meeting with drained her coffee, picked up the check and called her bank on her mobile phone. Within fifteen seconds, she had determined there was enough money in her checking account to cover the bill, and handed the waitress her debit card for payment. That showed Dickleman, vice president of wireless and mobile initiatives at Bank of Montreal and its subsidiary, Chicago-based Harris Bank, that there is "an incredible market opportunity for anywhere-anytime access to banking."

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