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DateFriday, September 09, 2011

Irish Banking App for Smartphones

National Irish Bank and Northern Bank Launch Smartphone App for iPhone and Android Smartphone Customers



NIB_Smartphone_App.pngThe National Irish Bank (NIB) and the Northern Bank, both owned by Danske Bank, have launched a smartphone App to allow their customers to conduct all of their banking transactions on their iPhone and Android powered handsets. The free app, which they say is the first of its kind in the Irish market, allows customers to check their account balances, pay bills, transfer money and monitor their spending.



The slick and responsive App was developed by a Danish mobile App developer for Danske earlier this year, and over the last few months a skin has been layered over the core functionality to localise the National Irish Bank and Northern Bank brands.



The bank said it has listened to its customers' needs and the app is the next evolution, encompassing more functionality than any other app on the global market. With the Smartphone Application Features, customers' of the banks can pay bills and save regular payees, check all account balances in the one session, view and search transactions from the last 13 months, review exchange rates of more than 25 currencies, find (using maps) and receive directions to NIB and Northern Bank ATM's or branches, or even contact NIB by phone. However, customers are not able to make transfers to other bank accounts outside of their local bank's jurisdiction.



National Irish Bank has ensured that the security of the app is to the highest standards. Customers can log onto the app in the same way they do for eBanking, using their User ID and PIN number. If a customer wishes to make a transfer, a 6 digit code from their eBanking card will be required as per their normal eBanking process.



NIB_Smartphone_Colm_ORegan.pngCommenting on the announcement, Jesper Nielsen, Head of Business Development and Deputy CEO at National Irish Bank, said: "National Irish Bank is committed to ensuring our customers have the latest technology at their fingertips, and this new app really is the next generation in mobile banking. This free app, which is unique in Ireland, allows customers to pay bills, monitor their spending, review their previous transactions and monitor their monthly income versus expenditure.


The launch of our smart phone app signifies our dedication to investing in our customers and in their needs. We believe the app marks a new era in banking for National Irish Bank and we are looking forward to introducing it to our customers," Nielson added.



Since re-launching in the Irish market under Danske Bank in 2006, the Bank has sought to offer its customers the latest online and mobile banking propositions. Launching the product last night in Dublin, comedian Colm O'Regan quipped: "With their internet banking products, National Irish Bank became the first cashless bank. Shortly afterwards, in 2008, the rest followed suit!" has learnt the AIB is to launch a mobile access service to their customers in late October, although it is thought to be simply a mobile skin over their existing online banking website, as distinct from a fully fledged Smartphone App.



The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store or the Android market as normal, and even non-bank customers can use the the app, to click on the "become a customer" icon or tap the "call" button to be put through directly to the bank's Customer Direct team.






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