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Barclays Makes Pingit App Available For All

Barclays has unveiled the country's first person to person service for sending and receiving money using only mobile phones.

The service, which is available to customers of all major financial institutions in the UK (banks and building societies) is free to use and doesn't require bank details to be exchanged.

The only prerequisite is that either user need to be older than 16 years old, have a UK mobile phone number and a UK current account to reduce the risk of fraud.

The app is currently available on Android, Blackberry and Apple mobile platforms and one would expect that it will land on Windows Phone sooner rather than later. You can download it from this Barclays page (opens in new tab).

Interestingly, the service doesn't require you to be a customer of Barclays. Non-Barclays customers will have to register and set up a Barclays Pingit wallet account to send money.

They can then top up the account by paying cash at a Barclays branch and transferring money from an exiting current account or using any UK Barclays ATM.

There's a daily outgoing limit of £300 and an incoming daily limit of £5000. Barclays said that more than 400,000 downloads had been logged during the first eight weeks after its launch.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.