Today we’re happy to announce Wesabe Mobile, a cell-phone accessible version of Wesabe that lets you check your balances, see recent transactions, and enter cash transactions from any cell phone or PDA web browser. To check it out, fire up your cell phone browser and point it to m.wesabe.com.
We’ve had a number of people testing out the mobile site, and the feedback we’ve gotten the most often is that entering cash transactions from the road is a huge help. If you’re waiting for the barrista to make your favorite coffee drink, call up Wesabe Mobile and drop the cost of that drink into your accounts, and you’ll have a way to test the much-touted latte factor for yourself.
I’ve been traveling a lot of late, and testing Wesabe Mobile has been great for tracking travel expenses. Entering the cost of a cab fare from my phone has made it a ton easier to keep track of what I’m spending, and to make sure I’m getting reimbursed. Also, being able to check balances and make sure I know when a check has cleared is much easier from my phone.
When you enter a cash transaction, we treat your entry like we treat the imports that come in from your bank. You don’t have to worry about entering the full merchant name or the full set of tags from your phone keypad. Instead, enter just enough detail so that you’ll be able to remember what the transaction was. When you get back to your computer, the merchant will show up as “unedited” in your Wesabe account, and you can clean it up and enter more detail then — when you have a full keyboard to work with.
We’ve tested the mobile site extensively on iPhones (yeah, there are a lot of those running around the office), and on a number of Blackberries and other phones as well. Your phone browser will need to support SSL (which ensures that your balances and transactions are encrypted while you’re downloading them — something SMS-based systems can’t offer). Full instructions for using the mobile site are available here. Blackberry users, we recommend trying out Opera Mini (free download), since the built-in Blackberry browser isn’t…..that great. But, if you want to stick with that, check out this groups thread for some tips on getting it to work correctly. Also, Motorola Q users may also need the tips in that thread.
We’re psyched about this release — another way that we’re getting your financial information out of your bank and to you, securely, where and when you need it. If there are other things you’d like to see added to the mobile site, let us know.