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Bell Mobility, Scotiabank Roll Out Wireless Net Banking

Bell Mobility and Scotiabank this week introduced wireless banking services on Net-enabled phones in Canada.

With the new service, Scotiabank customers will be able to check account balances and transactions, pay bills, and transfer funds. Users can access brokerage information such as stock quotes, alerts, trade confirmations, and personal portfolios.

The new service will be delivered via Mobile Browser -- a Bell Mobility service enabling users to log onto the Internet from their Digital PCS phone.

Bell Mobility launched Mobile Browser in May 1999, making it the first PCS company in North America to put an Internet browser into the PCS handset. Users can access and view a number of Internet sites that have been specially-adapted for small display screens.

Mobile Browser is currently available on a number of Bell Mobility Internet-enabled Digital PCS phones, including the NeoPoint 1000, Samsung's SCH-3530, and Qualcomm's QCP-2700F.

"We are joining forces with Bell Mobility to provide our customers with another vehicle to access their financial services any time anywhere," said Albert Wahbe, Scotiabank executive vice-president of electronic banking and president of e-Scotia.com. "We are also looking at taking the next logical step in the wireless revolution -- testing voice recognition -- to make it even easier for our customers to bank on their cell phones."