U.S. Bank Now Offering Mobile Photo BillPay to Customers
U.S. Bank today announced a new tool that smartphone and tablet owners can use to set up payees and pay bills without requiring them to fill in forms. Mobile Photo BillPay, which has been added to the company's Android and iOS mobile banking applications, lets U.S. Bank customers take a picture of any bill, send the image to U.S. Bank, and then see the payment fields automatically populated with the correct details. After reviewing the information, the customer can then submit the bill for payment. The Mobile Photo BillPay feature is available to customers for free in the U.S. Bank iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile banking apps.
Several Banks Add Android Pay to Their Own Apps
Google has partnered with a small number of financial institutions in order to ease the process of signing up for Android Pay. Several banks, including Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank, and USAA, now let customers add debit/credit cards directly to Android Pay from within the mobile banking app.
Mastercard Adds Retail Mobile Payments to Bank Apps
Android owners will soon be able to use their own mobile banking app — rather than Android Pay or Samsung Pay — to make tap-and-go payments in stores. Mastercard has expanded its Masterpass program to mobile devices so consumers can make contactless payments at various retailers.
Zelle Promises Quick P2P Payments Via Mobile Banking Apps
Many of today's popular mobile banking apps will soon support a rapid person-to-person (P2P) payment feature through a new service called Zelle. Zelle, developed by Early Warning Systems, is supported by more than 30 of the nation's largest banks for sending funds from one person to another.
Google Makes It Easier to Split Up and Pay Project Fi Bills
Google today simplified the process of managing monthly bills for subscribers to its Project Fi wireless service. Starting this week, Project Fi gains a new tool that helps the account manager easily determine what each member of the plan owes and send them a bill.