The Woolwich has become the first financial group in the UK to let its customers manage their finances through mobile phones.
The bank has teamed up with Vodafone to offer the service on Nokia's wireless application protocol (Wap) mobile phone.
From April, Woolwich Open Plan banking account holders will be able to view balances and transactions, pay bills and transfer money through a secure Internet link using Wap technology.
"This is real anytime, anywhere, anyhow banking," said John Stewart, Woolwich chief executive. The bank claims that it is the first financial group in Europe outside Scandinavia to offer the service. Other UK banks are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
Consumers will eventually be able to access any account they have with the Woolwich through the service, including mortgages, unit trusts and ISAs.
The service will also offer access to news, weather and sport information.
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