UK based mobile payments solutions provider Monitise has partnered with Standard Chartered Bank to develop apps for its mobile banking platform, Breeze, for the Indian market. MediaNama readers would recall that Monitise had partnered global payments company Visa (which also owns a minority stake in Monitise), last year, to provide a technology platform for financial institutions and mobile network operators in India, to offer services such as banking, bill payments, mass transit ticketing, mobile top-up and others to consumers. So this seems to be an implementation of the joint venture, with Standard Chartered Bank. The apps support most smartphone platforms including BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone, in addition to basic feature phones. While the Android version, which is based on Adobe Air 2.5, is already available through the Android Market, the iPhone version will be launched by the end of this month. To get the app for BlackBerry and other phones, customers need to send a text message with the key word 'BREEZE' to 99871 23123. It appears that the Android and iPhone apps sport a uniform look (atleast from what we see on the website). In addition to tracking bank and credit card accounts, Standard Chartered customers will be able to transfer funds, pay utility bills for 100 billers across India, locate bank branches and ATMs, top-up their mobile phones, and buy cinema tickets & air tickets through the app. Besides the regular features, the Android app also offers a Reminders functionality to keep track of regular payments. It also offers a…
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