Posts Tagged ‘iphone’
Jim notes the new Mercedes app but he also asks the important question. When we consider the relatively small cost why would any bank not have an iphone app, even with rudimentary functions, such as balance and transfer, but through in bill payment and secure communication, and you cannot go wrong. The safari browser is as (more) secure than internet explorer which banks trust for majority of their web banking, so for the life of me I cannot see why this is not a priority. The positive press and customer comments from users translates into marketing gold and customer advocacy.
Canadian Banks? Not one has an iphone app.
Along those lines, SunTrust (iTunes link) is the latest megabank to join the store (last week), leaving US Bank, Capital One, BB&T, and HSBC as the remaining top-10 U.S. retail banks without their own iPhone app. Who will be the last one in?
In general it continually amazes be that banks are not leaping on this opportunity for a low cost, high visibility ad for their online services. Which leads me to todays question de jour for bank executives:
Have you tried an iphone?
If not go to a store immediately and do so. Whether you buy it or not, you will be left with the impression this is a game changing device, and remember the people who use them are vocal. Then go talk to someone who does iphone apps and be prepared to be surprised at the cost of entry.
Anyhow, well done Intuit.
Skype are now planning to offer their internet phone service for blackberry as well as iPhone. It appears it only works on WiFi but it is a significant step towards our little devices becoming more like internet devices rather than phones.
Skype for Blackberry and iPhone | Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Skype, the Internet telephone unit of eBay Inc, is planning to launch its service for iPhone users on Tuesday and for BlackBerry in May as part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers.
I have been following the iphone 3G launch with interest, and am shocked that Wells Fargo are not there. Hat tip to netbanker.
Creation of iphone apps is not that hard, small cost, high media return. Being based in California I would have expected …. sorry Wells but I have to make note of that. I hope its in the works.
Bank of America once again proved its mobile mettle as the only financial institution to have a native app available at the launch of Apple’s new App Store (note 1). PayPal also launched an app on Day 1 (see screenshot below). Both are free.