Vodafone Monilink – mobile banking from your handset

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Some banks have offered a degree of interactivity from mobile phones, but Vodafone is going a step further with Monilink – offering secure banking for a range of financial institutions.

That’s good news if you can’t be bothered queuing on a Saturday morning, but there’s still the queue for the cashpoint to consider. Vodafone customers can use the Vodafone Internet on Your Mobile service via a secure application to check their balances, request a mini-statement and top up handsets. Not exactly everything you need – and nothing you can’t do on a computer – but it is a start.

The Monilink service is available (initially) for free for customers of HSBC , First Direct and Alliance & Leicester. Later this summer, Royal Bank of Scotland , NatWest and Ulster Bank will be added. The Monilink service has been developed by mobile banking specialist Monitise and VocaLink – the company behind the UK’s ATM network.

Vodafone website

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Dave Walker