Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Making Deposits by Phone

No need to drive to the bank? Making bank deposits using your phone is here for some banks. Chase has been advertising its service (See, Chase IPhone App) and USAA also has it (See USAA Takes Mobile Banking). While the other large banks haven't yet offered the service, it is sure to be the next big thing. The process takes a few minutes since you have to take a photo of the front and back of the check, so I would not recommend it if you have a few of these to do. And, if the photo is not quite clear enough, it can be unsuccessful. But overall, the draw is clear in terms of saving the run to the bank.

Of course, Check 21 makes the digital image of a check the same as the paper version. The digital imaging of checks by consumers will not prevent the banks from processing the check just like any other as the paper check is not needed in any event already. While the process cuts down the float time for the person writing the check, the advantage of saving time at the bank is a draw. I couldn't find the app on the Blackberry, but would bet that it will come along as well in time.

So, how do you do it? See this video on how to deposit on an IPhone.


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