Barclays opens mobile banking to customers of all banks

Barclays bank has made its Pingit mobile banking app available to customers of all banks.

Barclays bank has made its Pingit mobile banking app available to customers of all banks.

The bank launched the application, which enables mobile phone users to make free payments to other UK mobile users directly and check balances, in February. It followed the bank’s work on a private cloud that will underpin the app as well as a raft of cloud-based mobile banking services that are set to follow.

The app has been downloaded over 400,000 times in its first eight weeks. Over 120,000 downloaded it within five days of its release.

Initially Barclays current account holders were the only people able to use Pingit to make payments worth between £1 and £300 to people in their mobile contact list. But from today any UK current account holders regardless of their bank will be able to register.

Barclay plans to add extra features to the app over the coming months.

Antony Jenkins, CEO retail and business banking at Barclays said Pingit is more popular than the bank expected. “The ability to make simple payments to whoever they want, wherever they are, instantly and securely, is making many people’s lives much easier.”

The private cloud means that rather than using a website that sits on top of core IT infrastructure to enable mobile payments, the Pingit app plugs directly into it.

Barclays Pingit application which was developed internally by Barclays, is available on Apple, Android and Blackberry operating systems.

HSBC today released an app that enables customers to access bank account details from their mobile phones.

The Fast Balance app, which was jointly developed by the bank and mobile banking supplier Monitise, is now available on the iPhone and will soon be made available for Blackberry and Android phones.

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