Vodafone customers can now get access to their bank account details direct from their mobile, using the Vodafone Internet on Your Mobile service. Users can check their balances, request a mini-statement and top up their own or other people's mobiles from their handset.
The Monilink mobile banking network service is now available free for customers of HSBC , first direct and Alliance & Leicester. And, from later this summer, Royal Bank of Scotland , NatWest and Ulster Bank as well.
To enable the secure service, users can register from the Vodafone Internet on Your Mobile home page. Once registered, customers can use a secure application on their mobile to get access to account details. Passcode protection (registered with their bank or building society) ensures an additional layer of security.
A recent report from Jupiter Research suggests mobile phones will become increasingly important as a means of payment for transactions. By 2011, the report predicts 204 million mobile users will be making payments with phones, generating $22 billion (£10.9 billion) worth of transactions.