HSBC now offers BlackBerry Banking



HSBC, the bank that everyone thought was switching solely to iPhones for business use, has launched the first UK business banking service optimized for Blackberry users. Optimized for BlackBerry 8xxx devices and above, HSBC users can access real-time balances and transactions for the last seven days on HSBC sterling accounts, and balances on foreign currency accounts. In addition, they will have access to balances on business and commercial credit cards, with seven days worth of transactions per cardholder.

This new service can be accessed from www.m.hsbc.co.uk using the same username and password as regular HSBC internet banking service.

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HSBC sticking to BlackBerry



Word has it that HSBC won’t be making that jump to iPhone reported last week. Australian CIO Brenton Hush had made some commentary regarding the possibility of an iPhone rollout, which didn’t really say “no”, but a lot of people took as “maybe”. A few calls to HSBC revealed that “there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell” that the some 200,000-odd BlackBerrys currently deployed internationally would be ousted in favour of the iPhone 3G. Good thing for RIM, because that’s a pretty big contract to lose to the competition.

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HSBC trading in 200,000 BlackBerrys for iPhone 3Gs?


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HSBC, the gigantor multinational banking firm, is considering making the jump from BlackBerry to iPhone for upwards of 200,000 of their employees.

“We are actually reviewing iPhones from a HSBC Group perspective … and when I say that, I mean globally… You know, it’s a big decision, especially when you have an existing fleet out there,” [HSBC’s Australia and New Zealand chief information officer Brenton Hush] said. “We always explore the potential application of new technologies and this is no different.”

This is not only a big deal for RIM who could be losing a major customer, but could easily set precedent for other major companies who would see that the iPhone works for serious business. Many enterprises are not willing to give up BlackBerry’s rock-solid security, but it’s interesting to see that a financial firm that’s dealing with sensitive numbers all the time are confident enough to consider the iPhone a solution. Of course, no decision has been made yet, and the it’s still a pretty low priority for the HSBC CIO, but we’ll all be watching to see if the change is made. Some remain optimistic that RIM’s push into consumer territory will be more successful than Apple’s move into enterprise, and how this HSBC deal ends up will decide if that’s true.

(via ZDNet)