Firethorn, a mobile banking and payments firm, and CheckFree, a provider of financial electronic commerce services and products, have announced that America First Credit Union will offer the Firethorn mobile banking solution to its 432,000 members.

America First plans to go live with mobile banking and payments during the first quarter of 2008. The solution will allow members to use their mobile devices to pay bills, check balances, view history and transfer funds from their America First Credit Union accounts.

Rick Craig, America First president and CEO, said: After researching the mobile banking and payments market and our members’ needs, we concluded Firethorn’s pre-loaded, single sign-on solution and CheckFree’s proven expertise in electronic bill payments provided the best solution for our members.

Tripp Rackley, Firethorn chairman and CEO, added: We are glad to welcome America First into our group of strategic partners. The credit union is showing itself to be a pioneer in the industry through its involvement with mobile banking and payments. We look forward to working with this valued credit union to provide a mobile banking and payments solution that will allow America First to improve member retention, generate revenue and enhance brand equity.