** More features added to Europe's only PDA banking service **
Nationwide, which first launched internet banking in the UK, has today unveiled improvements to its innovative banking service for personal digital assistants (PDAs).
The enhanced service will now include transfers between accounts and bill payments.
Nationwide launched the service - still believed to be the only one of its kind in Europe - in December last year. It operates on PDAs using the Microsoft Pocket PC operating system.
Users are able to access account balances and a mini-statement (last 12 transactions) on up to 10 types of account, as well as view information about products, via the Nationwide website at www.nationwide.co.uk. In addition to this, they can now:
* Transfer money between Nationwide accounts;
* Pay a bill (if payee previously set up via Nationwide's main internet banking service or in a branch);
* View a list of scheduled payments;
* Link to other sites suitable for viewing on PDAs.
Jim Willens, Nationwide's e-commerce director, said: "We will continue to add greater functionality to this and our main internet banking service, as well as rolling out new services for WAP phones and internet TV in the near future.
"Our aim is to give members a greater choice in the way they do business with us."
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Notes to editors:
Photographs and screen grab images of the PDA banking service can be obtained from the Nationwide Press Office, telephone 01793 655198.
Alternatively, images can be downloaded from the Nationwide Media Centre at www.nationwide.co.uk/mediacentre/photolibrary.asp.
Nationwide launched the UK's first retail internet banking service in May 1997. It has in excess of 600,000 members registered for online banking (February 2001).
Holders of the Nationwide FlexAccount current account, credit card, InvestDirect, e-Savings, Instant Access ISA, Cashbuilder (card and passbook), Smart Account (card and passbook) and Smart 2 Save can use the PDA service. Customers must be registered for internet banking.
A suitable phone (mobile phone with infra-red modem or cable link, such as the Nokia 6210, or a normal home phone connection using a modem), with a PDA (such as Compaq iPAQ H3630) using Microsoft Pocket PC is required.
Anyone with a compatible device can view the service at www.nationwide.co.uk. There are also links to other PDA-optimised sites covering topics such as news, sport, entertainment, cookery and the Pocket PC operating system.
Users of internet banking and the PDA service can also access their accounts via Nationwide branches, post and telephone.
For further details, please contact:
Peter Brown, senior press officer, 01793 655423
Jennifer Stoddart, senior press officer, 01793 655203
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