WaMu just launched its first foray into mobile banking, a text-message-based (SMS) service believed to be powered by New Zealand’s M-Com (previous post here). Thanks to Brandon McGee, blogging from his vacation via iPhone, for the tip (here).
The free service provides text-based access to balance and history of checking and savings accounts. To use the mobile services, WaMu customers must first register through online banking to activate their phone. Up to five phones can be registered through a single online banking account.
Chase is the other U.S. top-10 bank using a primarily text-based approach for mobile delivery. See our Online Banking Report on Mobile Banking for more information on the growing market, including a 10-year adoption forecast.
More info at the WaMu website: