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Mobile Deposit is Here! by Jan


We’ve been working overtime to bring you the mobile products you want!

First, we released our free Mobile Money app. (Available for Android and iPhone. Hopefully you downloaded that already!) Now, the app includes Mobile Deposit. (And there are even more awesome mobile-y things on the way. Promise!)

But let’s talk a little about Mobile Deposit! It lets you deposit checks directly into your account using your mobile device. Mobile Deposit is perfect for when you get a check from someone (your mom, maybe!) and you don’t want to dash off to deposit it. (You want to keep your jammies and slippers on. We totally get it!) And Mobile Deposit is super-easy to use.

Just log on to the Mobile Money app to sign up for Mobile Deposit. Authorization can take a couple of days, so be sure to sign up now, before you need it! You’ll get a text letting you know when you’re ready to go.

To make a deposit, you enter a few key bits of info and then take photos of the front and back of the check. Ba-da-boom!

To learn more, take a stroll through the Mobile Deposit FAQs at!

My Apology to Blackberry Users by John


I think I owe Blackberry users an apology.

I used to see people squinting at their little devices and think, “Get a life, nerd!”

Especially in public places.  What could be so interesting that you would basically be oblivious to most things going on around them in the “real” world?  I mean, it’s a phone, right?  What else does it really need to do?  Crackberry, indeed.

Well, a few months ago I got a Blackberry and all I can say is, “I’m sorry.”

I absolutely cannot see living without a smart phone now.  I’m constantly on it: making changes to my fantasy football lineup, getting GPS directions, updating Facebook, etc. One of the handier things I use it for is Linn Area’s Mobile Banking.  We’ve only had it a few months, but it’s already indispensable.  It’s basically a Lite version of our online banking product, e-Branch.  You can view History, transfer funds, etc. from ANYWHERE.  Well, anywhere you have service. 

I’ll let you in on a little secret about myself – I don’t balance my checkbook.  Heck, I don’t even know where my checkbook is anymore.  I know I should keep all of my receipts and store them someplace that I’ll actually remember then once a week add ‘em all up, subtract them from blah, blah, blah, ad infinitum.  Well, to me, this task is right up there with rearranging the sock drawer on the fun-o-meter. 

With Mobile Banking I can keep track of my spending and still have time for more important stuff….. like Number Cruncher.  (It’s a free game I found on

Sadly, I don’t think I’m done apologizing yet. 

You see, this weeked I’m getting an iPhone. I may just start at the top and send Steve Jobs a virtual white rose.

There’s an app for that, right?