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Halifax opens up to PDAs

Halifax has taken its first steps towards allowing brokers to submit applications via Blackberry mobile devices.

The company has become the first lender to allow access to its intermediary website on PDA devices, adding that it is the first phase towards eventually accepting applications.

Brokers welcome the move as another major advance in the technology race among lenders to speed up processing times.

Intermediaries can now access Halifax’s affordability calculator, lending criteria information and search for products.

Spokeswoman Carol Wright says the firm is working on technology to allow applications to be submitted via PDAs in future.

Edeus is expected to launch a similar service with product information next year but says full applications are a few years away as it is difficult to type on current devices.

Edeus managing director Alan Cleary says: “I applaud Halifax for doing that, as it has to be the way to go. Soon, people will have one device for their mobile, PDA and MP3 player so any forward-thinking lender has to have that on their radar.”

Hamptons Mortgages managing director Kevin Duffy says: “We are supportive of this. HBOS has been at the centre of most technological advances.”

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