This functionality has been available in other countries, such as the US and France, for a few years. Interestingly, the legislation allowing it in the United States came about following payment delays caused by the flight problems caused after 9/11.
The image above shows how Bank of America achieve mobile cheque deposits with their iPhone app.
It is thought that the change will speed up cheque clearing from the current 6-day timescale to the somewhat quicker 2-day period (which whilst quicker, still seems a little tardy in today’s “realtime” world). Rather than the physical cheque needing to be taken to clearing centres, the image of the cheque can be transferred digitally between banks.
- Infographic: Mobile Payments In 2015 (June 24, 2013)
- Unshackled.com: Antidote To Rip-Off Mobile Phone Contracts? (June 29, 2016)
- Pay With Your Fingerprint (April 25, 2013)
- UK Consumers “Sceptical” About Benefits of Digital-Only Banks (October 17, 2016)
- first direct Launches Face ID For iPhone X Mobile App (November 3, 2017)