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First Tech Launches Native Windows Phone Banking App

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (4/2/13)--First Tech CU, Mountain View, Calif., announced it is the first credit union in the U.S. to introduce a native Windows Phone mobile banking application with integrated mobile deposit and bill pay functionality.

With the launch of the app today, First Tech members can bank from their Windows Phone, iPhone or Android smart phone.

First Tech will launch its new Windows phone app on-site at the main Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., today. Microsoft employees and First Tech members will be able to view the app on a phone display, chat with First Tech App experts and personalize their Windows Phone at a laser engraving station.

"As Microsoft's credit union, it's very important for us to serve our members and demonstrate our support of the Windows 8 mobile platform," said Greg Mitchell, president of the $5.6 billion credit union.

The First Tech Windows Phone app is a free download for its members at windowsphone.com.

Through the application, members can check account balances, view transactions, make deposits, pay bills and transfer funds between First Tech accounts. The application also provides a search feature that helps members locate local branches and ATMs nationwide.

CUAnswers Releases Grand Opening Kit, Announces Upgrade

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (4/2/13)--CU*Answers, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based credit union service organization, will ship a new Grand Opening Kit to its clients at no cost.

The kits provide materials to drive the marketing of features within the CU*BASE core processing platform and It's Me 247 online banking.

The new Grand Opening Kit will focus on Debit Card Round Up programs and how to promote the service to members. CU*Answers has released three Grand Opening Kits since June to promote various services to credit union membership. 

The free kit will include a banner, posters, balloons, brochures, routing slips, stickers and window clings. The kits have been produced so credit unions can add marketing campaigns without the hassle or cost of product design and development. 

CU*Answers also announced it will deploy the latest software upgrade to its flagship data processing software. The CU*BASE 13.0 software upgrade will be sent to all service bureau clients April 14 and to in-house clients May 13-14 at no cost. 

The upgrade is one of the major software enhancements CU*Answers will deploy during 2013, the company said. It will add functionality to virtually every key area within the core software and the It's Me 247 Online Banking platform.