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iPhone app from MDDC foundation helps locate CUs
COLUMBIA, Md. (11/30/10)--iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users nationwide can identify and contact credit unions quickly through Credit Union Finder, a first-of-its-kind application from the Credit Union Foundation of Maryland and District of Columbia. The free application is available for download at the Apple App Store. The foundation developed the mobile application earlier this year with an Innovation Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), graphics support from Visions, Ink, Inc., and data from credit unions nationwide. "Every week more credit unions are establishing mobile banking capabilities," said the Maryland/D.C. foundation. "Credit unions realize the value of mobile applications, especially to their younger members. The foundation wanted to help members find and contact your credit union through a mobile app and to help nonmembers find a credit union they could join." The app can search for credit unions near the user's location, search any site in the U.S. by ZIP code or city/state, or search by credit union name. Results are displayed as a list or on a map. Contact information and the credit union's Web address also are displayed. “What really makes this more than just a credit union search resource is the ability to tap into an iPhone’s GPS technology and find credit unions nearest your current location,” said Christopher Morris, NCUF director of communications. Since its launch, the app was downloaded more than 900 times. It has a 3 ½ star rating (out of five) from user reviews in the Apple App Store. A personal finance blog, “Get Rich Slowly,” featured the app and said it is "handy for folks who travel a lot." Securityplus FCU, Baltimore, set up a webpage for the app and promotes it to its members so they "have an easy and free means for our members to stay in touch with us,” according to Securityplus CEO Rick Williams. The Credit Union National Association and the American Association of Credit Union Leagues are developing a new consumer awareness website to debut early in 2011 that will include an enhanced nationwide credit union locator and a downloadable application, using technology from findacreditunion.com.
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