SEATTLE, Jul 09, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM), one of the nation's leading
banks for consumers and small businesses, announced today that it has
launched mobile banking capabilities, delivering account information
-- anytime, anywhere wireless service is available, providing
customers the ability to view real-time account balances, view and
search real-time transaction history and locate a nearby branch/ATM.
WaMu customers can benefit from the mobile banking services by
logging into their accounts online at www.wamu.com and opting into the
free service. Mobile banking is easy and offered free by WaMu
(customer's wireless provider may charge standard fees).
"We have been working very hard to deliver to our customers a
simpler and more enjoyable banking experience, and we believe these
added mobile banking features deliver on that brand promise," said
Steve Rotella, WaMu's President and Chief Operating Officer.
"We develop products and services based on what makes sense and is
of value to our customers," said Richard Blunck, SVP, and Director of
eCommerce for WaMu. "Internal and external research tells us that the
SMS text banking tool that we've launched is an application consumers
find valuable because it is a fast, simple and affordable way to keep
track of the most important account information -- account balance and
WaMu is a leading provider of online financial services, and its
site, www.wamu.com, has received widespread industry and consumer
recognition, averaging more than 3,300 online applications submitted
per day. The site is consistently ranked as one of Keynote's top
online banking sites. The online banking site also continues to be at
the top of the Gomez ratings for site response time, more than 1
second faster than the second-quickest site, and more than twice as
fast as the industry benchmark. In October of 2007, WaMu launched a
new version of the site with enhanced navigation and functionality.
WaMu, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading
consumer and small business banks. At Mar. 31, 2008, WaMu and its
subsidiaries had assets of $319.67 billion. The company has a history
dating back to 1889 and its subsidiary banks currently operate
approximately 2,500 consumer and small business banking stores
throughout the nation. WaMu's press releases are available at
SOURCE: Washington Mutual, Inc.
Gary Kishner, 818-775-4234