GoMo discovers HSBC bank Paym service by accident

Through update to old app announcement sent by letter

How quaint! We’ve become accustomed to receiving mostly junk mail through the traditional postal service. So it was a bit of a surprise to discover that GoMo News‘ existing bank – HSBC [UK], had decided to communicate with us about its latest banking app through a non-digital media. A letter. Anyway, it turned out to be good news because we also learnt about HSBC’s Paym service by mistake. It will be launching live in the UK on April 29th [2014]. Those who pre-register get the chance to win an HTC One.

HSBC wrote to tell us that its latest app has been improved to offer a new tool which helps users locate the nearest HSBC brank and/or ATM.

It works well, too and utilises Google Maps to do so.

The bank obviously has a database of who is already using the existing app.

Which is probably why the letter from Bruno Genovese, head of personal banking with HSBC, didn’t mention how to obtain the app.

So for those who are interested, you can download this app from Google Play here or Apple’s iTunes App store here.

The irony is that GoMo News hadn’t been using the mobile banking app before. Instead we’d just been using Fast Balance.

To make matters worse, we’d been using Fast Balance on a BlackBerry Curve. It’s not available for our BB10 based Q5. Neither is the HSBC Mobile Banking app.

Ho, hum. We’ll just have to test Paym – when it arrives – out on our loan Motorola Moto G.

Te web site doesn’t say too much about what Paym will do. It sounds like Barclays’ Pingit service.

With Paym, however, to receive payments it seems you need to have an HSBC current account, too.

We wonder if HSBC Mobile Banking runs on rooted Android handsets? See ‘Anger mounts over Barclays ban on rooted Android phones‘.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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