While not everyone has the stomach to jump back into the market quite yet, those who still enjoy dabbling from time to time will be happy to learn that E*trade has finally made the official announcement we’ve been waiting for. Its mobile banking and trading application, E*trade Mobile Pro, is finally ready to roll on the BlackBerry Bold. That might sound familiar but as it turns out, certain firmware versions on the Bold were accidentally able to download a previous build. It worked pretty well for us though it wasn’t the prettiest app to look at since it was definitely not optimized for the Bold’s sizable display. This new version trumps it 50 times over though – it actually fits the screen properly, it’s sexy and it has tons more functionality. Oddly, both the old and new versions carry the same version number, 1.1.3, but the new build is most definitely optimized for the Bold where as the old one could barely be seen without a microscope. As part of the release celebration, E*trade also partnered with Wirefly to offer account holders a new Bold for $99 with a 2-year contract. Not a bad deal at $50 off Wirefly’s current Bold pricing. Hit the jump for a handful of screen shots.
While the BlackBerry Bold is not yet listed as compatible on E*trade’s site, we can confirm that the app is finally ready to rock on the Bold. Woo! Bold owners who who hit etrade.com/mobile from their handsets will now be able to download version 1.1.3 of E*trade Mobile Pro, the stock information, trading and account management application issued by the popular online brokerage. We’ve been playing with it for a day or so now and we’ve got to say, it’s looking great on the high resolution Bold display. E*trade Mobile Pro allows E*trade customers to view and manage accounts, view real-time stock information, manage portfolios, execute stock and options trades using an E*trade brokerage account, check out relevant news, create watch lists and plenty more. To say it’s an awesome tool is a bit of an understatement really. The Bold version of the app is still a bit young so we’ve experienced a freeze or two but over all it works quite. If you’re an E*trade customer, definitely hit etrade.com/mobile and get your mobile trading on.
UPDATE: E*trade just dropped us a line to let us know that version 1.1.3 is not in fact the Bold-ready version, hense the glitches being reported. You might be able to download it and it’s working well enough for us but the full on Bold release is still to come. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready to rock.