St.George Bank has made a move for some Windows Phone 7 action with a new banking application encompassing Australian app, Mobile Banking Lite, which enables customers to check their account balance and transaction history.

St.George Bank CIO, Dhiren Kulkharni, said the app would allow customers to securely view their account balance and transaction history quickly and conveniently, and was an Australian banking first.

“St.George Mobile Banking Lite has been designed for customers who just need to check their account balance when they’re out and about, without having to complete the full mobile banking log-in process,” the bank’s chief executive, Rob Chapman, said in a statement.

“It’s easy to use. Once a customer downloads the App from the Windows Market Place on their mobile phone, they enter all of their log-in details, including their Customer Number, Security Number and Password.

“From then on, subsequent logons only require customers to enter their Internet Password.”

The app also includes a branch and ATM locator, and will be made available through St.George’s Mobile Banking App for iPhone and Android smartphone users in April.

Earlier this month, the bank relaunched its website to include a range of online services for customers, including an improved branch and ATM locator, new product selectors, new comparison tables and access to real-time interest rate information.

As reported by Computerworld Australia, Telstra, HTC and Microsoft have teamed up to launch the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone onto the Australian market with the HD7 on the Next G network.

The handset will be available from March 29 for $768 outright or on a 24-month contract. Contract pricing has not yet been announced.

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