Vodafone UK customers now have access to their finances, free of charge (until the end of the year) directly from Vodafone Internet On Your Mobile, over the MONILINK mobile banking network.

The service allows customers of the HSBC, first direct, Alliance & Leicester and, from later this summer, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, to check their balance, request a mini-statement and even top-up their or their friends’ or family’s ‘pay as you talk’ mobile phones.

Customers can register their bank or building society account for MONILINK mobile banking directly from the Vodafone Internet On Your Mobile home page.

Once registered, customers are able to connect to their account using a secure application stored on their mobile. On accessing MONILINK, the customer is prompted to enter a unique passcode, registered with their bank or building society, before secure access is granted to their account.

The MONILINK service has been developed by Monitise, a specialist in mobile banking technology, and VocaLink, the transaction specialists behind the UK’s ATM network.