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Compare bank accounts with mobile banking

Information verified correct on December 8th, 2016

Pay bills, transfer funds and or find the closest ATM through your mobile banking app.

Mobile banking lets you do a range of banking tasks without visiting a branch or logging onto a computer. Most mobile banking applications or apps allow you to keep track of your finances on the go with a range of features and services. Common banking app features include finding the closest ATM, branches or bank locations, paying bills, transferring funds to other accounts as well as online investing tools and calculators.

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Rates last updated December 8th, 2016
$
Monthly Account Fee Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Details
Westpac Choice
$0 ATM withdrawal fee at 50,000+ ATMs globally.
Via Westpac's Global ATM Alliance. Get Cash without your debit card (conditions apply).
Mastercard $0 $2,000 No ATM fees when using St.George, Westpac, BankSA or Bank of Melbourne ATMs in Australia. Deposit at least $2,000 per month and enjoy no monthly service fee. Open More
ANZ Access Advantage
Earn a $100 shopping voucher.
For opening a new account by 18 Dec 2016 and shop three times with your new Visa debit card by 8 Jan 2017 (conditions apply).
Visa $0 $2,000 No monthly account fee when you deposit at least $2,000 per month. Other fee waivers available based on your personal situation. Open More
Commonwealth Bank Smart Access
Get unlimited CBA electronic transactions using internet banking, phone banking, ATM and EFTPOS.
Mastercard $0 $2,000 Unlimited free CBA ATM transactions. No monthly service fee if you deposit a minimum of $2,000 per month otherwise $4 monthly fee applies. More

What is mobile banking?

It’s a system that lets you, the customer of a financial institution, process financial transactions through an app, accessed via a mobile device or smartphone. This is not to be confused with contactless payments, which uses Near Field Communications (NFC) technology to allow you to use your smartphone (in place of a debit or credit card) to pay for goods and services by tapping it near another device. Mobile banking has been most successful with the iPhone and some Google Android devices.

Mobile banking apps and features

Almost all Australian banks have a mobile banking app that allows their customers to perform a range of tasks. Here's what the Big Four have to offer.

Mobile banking appFeatures
CommBank app (formerly known as CommBank Kaching)Available on the App Store and Google Play
  • Purchase items in store with PayPass using your Apple iPhone or Android phone
  • Use the Commbank app to withdraw up to $500 when you don't have your debit card or wallet on hand
  • Make BPAY payments
  • Schedule transfers and payments
  • View account balances
  • Transfer funds to another account
  • Pay friends using their mobile phone number
  • Lock and cancel cards (if missing, lost or stolen)
  • ATM and branch locator
ANZ goMoneyAvailable on the App Store and Google Play
  • Make BPAY payments
  • View account balances
  • Transfer funds to another account
  • Pay friends using their mobile phone number
  • ATM and branch locator
NABAvailable on the App Store, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store
  • Make BPAY payments
  • Schedule transfers and payments
  • View account balances
  • Transfer funds to another account
  • ATM and branch locator
  • Calculators for repayments and loans
Westpac Mobile BankingAvailable on the App Store, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store
  • Make BPAY payments
  • Schedule transfers and payments
  • View account balances
  • Transfer funds to another account
  • ATM and branch locator
  • Withdraw cash through the app when you don't have your debit card or wallet on hand
  • Temporarily block transactions

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How does mobile banking work?

To access mobile banking, you will first need to download the app that corresponds with your bank. Your bank’s website will usually have a link for you to download the app from. After you’ve downloaded the app, follow the prompts to set up your account. It may ask you to confirm your username and password as well as send you an SMS to confirm your identity. If you have any problems with setting it up, it’s best to go into a branch for assistance. When you’ve finished setting it up, you’ll be able to perform banking services as you would on a computer.

Some typical features include:

  • View your account balance
  • Making BPAY payments
  • Set up scheduled payments
  • Transferring funds between accounts
  • Transferring funds to another account
  • Monitoring investments
  • Customer service and support

What to look out for...

Before you start mobile banking, here's what you should look out for.

  • Security of financial transactions are paramount to any mobile banking app. Ensure that all your financial details are kept safe with authentication by having a user ID, password and PIN. Encryption of data is also important so that hackers won’t be able to access your information - the same applies if you lose your phone.
  • Ensure the app is compatible with your device. With the number of different mobile phone devices available today, you need to ensure that your bank has created a banking solution that suits your particular mobile phone. Some mobile phone models may only cater for a number of the functionalities that the banking app is capable of.
  • Access to customer service. Banks have a lot of customers, so they need to able to produce a mobile banking infrastructure to handle large volumes of transactions at a time. Services should be available 24/7 and all systems should be working within the app.
  • Is mobile banking available for your bank? Your bank will be the main decider as to what mobile banking platform you should be using. This is because you can’t access your bank account details through another bank. If you’re looking to switch bank accounts then the quality of mobile banking provided by other financial institutions could be a factor in your decision.

What are the advantages of mobile banking?

  • Save on time and complete a host of tasks without leaving the building. Instead of allocating time to walk into a bank, you can check account balances, schedule and receive payments, transfer money and organise your accounts when you’re on the go.
  • Convenient for managing funds on-the-go. Do your banking at a time and place that suits you, instead of waiting in queues.
  • Security measures are built into the app. Generally, good mobile banking apps have a security guarantee or send you a SMS verification code you need to input to authorise a payment for added security.
Something to consider...
Most mobile banking apps need an internet connection to be able to operate, so if you live in a rural area or experience problems with your internet connection, then you won’t be able to access your account. The same applies if your mobile phone runs out of battery.

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How can I ensure my information is secure?

While most banking apps take into account security in the development of the app, it's still crucial that you observe best practice when using the app. Mobile phone apps can only do so much on their own to ensure you’re secure, such as logging you out after a certain amount of inactivity or making you provide password or SMS codes. If you’re careless about your own security, such as doing your banking on a public wifi connection, then you risk your details being stolen regardless of how secure a mobile banking app is.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I find more information about mobile phones?

Please see our mobile phone comparison.

I’m having trouble setting up my mobile banking system, where do I go for help?

Please contact your bank directly via telephone or in-branch.

Where can I download mobile banking apps?

Mobile apps are available from the iTunes app store or Google Play. Some mobile banks apps aren’t available through phones that operate on the Windows or Blackberry system, so it’s best to check with your bank.

Mobile banking is used in many parts of the world and can be a great financial tool if used properly and securely. While you can enjoy doing your banking when you want where you want, always remember to always be cautious of your security.

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She is currently studying a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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4 Responses to Compare bank accounts with mobile banking

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    Tony | May 5, 2016

    do the commonwealth bank and westpac telephone banking apps work on a blackberry classic

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      Shirley | May 6, 2016

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately at this point in time Commonwealth Bank and Westpac don’t have mobile apps working with Blackberry.

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    Elizabeth | March 1, 2015

    I have a bank account (A Chequing & e-advantage savings)with CIBC.
    I recently had to report my visa debit card lost which my Bank then canceled unfortunately I found it too late and the cancelation of my card was unreversable.
    I am unable to go into my branch to get a replacement card as I am out of town for a few weeks, as well have no forms of Identification asy purse was in the back of my girlfriends vehicle which was recently stollen (like I needed to lose ALL of my ID on top of everything else).
    My question is how can I or am I still able to utilize my money in my bank account that IS available to me in anyway? I hope there is a possible form of transaction that can take place for me to be able to have access to MY money either through a Transfer to an email or person with security measures if course. Will or Can u aid me in this request?
    Sincerely, Elizabeth

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      Shirley | March 2, 2015

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for your question and we’re sorry to hear about your situation.

      Please note that finder.com.au is an Australian comparison and information service.

      Unfortunately you’ll need to speak to CIBC (phone or in person) about your options in regards to accessing your account. They may be able to organise an emergency cash transfer for you.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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