Discouragingly stationary

The bank with which I do the vast majority of my business — not one of the big chains, but big enough — has been serving up a perfectly legible online-banking interface for the last five years, which fit nicely onto my screens. It apparently did not fit nicely onto people’s phones, though, so they’ve unveiled a new interface aimed directly at those who swipe rather than those who mouse around.

Well, no, I didn’t like it much. On the upside, it’s not so different from what American Express is showing me these days, so at least I didn’t have much of a learning curve, and I suppose eventually I’ll end up with a smartphone, or at least a not-quite-so-dumb phone. I’m not going to try it on my current phone; it will probably work, but carrier charges for Web access on an account with no data plan border on the absurd.

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5 comments »

  1. McGehee »

    9 August 2015 · 8:45 am

    All of the financial institutions we have money in, have both a desktop version and a mobile version. I find sites that try to split the difference annoying — like they think Windows Metro is the dominant OS on all platforms, when it isn’t even dominant on Windows anymore.

  2. Georganna Hancock (@GLHancock) »

    9 August 2015 · 10:08 am

    My BofA simply dropped mobile, which pisses me off no end – it was so easy & much less confusing to pay bills with my Kindle Fire. Grrr!

  3. McGehee »

    9 August 2015 · 11:51 am

    GH, try this URL. Also, some Android apps used to work on the Fire, the trick was getting hold of the APK and changing settings to allow “sideloading.” No clue if that still holds since my old, old KF is pining for the fjords.

  4. Georganna Hancock (@GLHancock) »

    9 August 2015 · 3:54 pm

    Been & done already. Not willing to monkey with the OS and void the warranty because Amazon has been very generous with free replacements. I don’t get your comment about “fjords” – say what?

  5. CGHill »

    9 August 2015 · 4:59 pm

    He’s comparing his Kindle Fire to a dead parrot.

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