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GEICO insurance finally releases an official Windows Phone 8 app

Banks and insurance. You need them and for some odd reason, we’re seeing a large flux of official apps now land on the Windows Phone Store. That’s important for people who, like myself, don’t like doing the whole website-on-mobile thing to access my account. There’s just something satisfying about launching an app.

Today, it’s GEICO’s turn. The popular motorcycle and car insurance company with the jocular gecko, has put out a well-polished app, allowing full access to your account and more.

Let’s take a look at the listed-features:

GEICO on Windows Phone 8

  • Access all your GEICO policies
  • Access and view digital ID cards
  • Pay your bill
  • Change your payment plan
  • View your discounts and coverage detail
  • Quote adding, replacing or removing a vehicle
  • View reported claim details, upload accident photos and report a claim on geico.com
  • View driver and vehicle information
  • Update your contact information
  • Email GEICO securely from the app

I haven’t rated too many insurance apps, but as far as ‘things I want to do’ on them, this seems to fit the bill rather nicely.

Are you running a Surface or Windows 8.1? Then make sure you also grab the GEICO app for Windows 8 here in the Store, completing the experience.

If you want pure mobile, download GEICO for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store.

Thanks, caliborn, for the tip!

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GEICO insurance finally releases an official Windows Phone 8 app

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I tried to play off of your joking by posting "FIRST" and I got an error message saying "Please submit a more constructive comment :)"

Touche WPCentral!

Funny, I just closed my US Bank account after 14years and told them I switched to BoA because BoA has WP and Windows 8 apps. They said they were sorry to hear that and would pass my comments along. Too late for me but I hope they do.

Mint just gives you tracking and reports. You can't actually do anything like scan a check for deposit, transfer money between accounts or do bill pay.

I would prefer the app had those capabilities. Mint is made by Intuit, same company that puts out TurboTax, Quickbooks, etc... Very reputable. I'd trust them with my info just like I did with MS when I ran MS Money on my computer and link with my bank accounts.

Native apps will be nice, but I use the Capital One 360 mobile site through Web Apps (there is also the main Capital One site).  I have a tile pinned to my Start Screen.  It works well for me.  I use the American Express site this same way.  These both meet my needs, but, again, native apps will be nice to have for the platform.

+1. I use both sites also. I only want to scan checks in the rare event that I get one; only a native app can do that AFAIK.

Esurance are scam artists. They give you a super low quote. Then when the bills come there's over $100 in taxes per vehicle. Other carriers such as progressive and state farm show you the taxes up front in their quotes. Not sure about GEICO.

I meant the app was awesome in that I had all the info needed to fill out the police report and start the claim process.

Are you saying that if Geico had a WP app before you bought your Note 3, you wouldn't have bought it?  Didn't think so, so please spare us....

Surprised there was no mention of that botched NFL commercial spot they did. Showed Geico app on a Windows Phone when no app existed in the store. lol

Regions Bank did the same thing. I asked them about it on Twitter, and basically got the "sorry for the confusion, you can use our mobile site" answer.

Yup, Regions has had long enough to get on board and I'm tired of waiting on them. In the process of consolidating. I'm not buying anymore devices to deal with companies. The companies can come to the devices I own or screw 'em.

This is a timely release from geico, they would have been dumped next week. I became Google and Android free when I got my Icon last week.

They had one, for WP7 (I had it) and maybe they were showing the one they just released (since that would probably fit well within the beta timeline.  They probably wanted to have it out in time but found some bug or security issue that made them wave off the release I'd guess.  I didn't see the commercial but either way its nice to hear WP even get mentioned.  There are tons of companies that have native apps but haven't even bothered to update their websites to display anything other than the Play store and itunes for getting mobile goodness so it's nice to see one thats a bit overly anxious :)

By that logic lets just not bother with apps at all, and just use the browser for everything since most product and services offer a mobile site.

I find a dedicated app usually offers a more streamlined experience or exclusive features (tools for easily logging a claim for example). I despise the mobile site- it never seems to retain my login, and is sometimes a pain when I need to access certain info.

"By that logic lets just not bother with apps at all, and just use the browser for everything since most product and services offer a mobile site."

Not at all. There are many apps where it's convenient to have access to functions in a phone that are not readily available in the browser such as location, accelerometer etc. Also, apps that are used frequently where even small inconveniences in the web browser become an issue.

But I'm not seeing any of these issues for a mobile website for an insurance company. It is by most people used very infrequently, and when it is only briefly, for simple thing such as checking on claim status, paying a bill and looking at documents.

Just curious about what an app would bring to the user experience in this case, and whether the use of the limited resources on the phone is worth it.

I default to desktop versions on my phone. Most mobile sites are crap. When it comes to paying bills though, I just want to jump in, see what I owe and get out. App is perfect for that and I don't have to screw with browser defaults or different bookmarks.

I had GEICO back when I was in the Navy, when it stood for Government Employees Insurance Co. Screwed me over. Fast forward 25 years and a friend fought them for four months to get his car replaced when it caught fire.

I'm with USAA FTW.

Too little too late. I switched to Progressive and saved $600/year. Now if Progressive had a WP8 or W8.1 app that would be awesome.

Honest question, why would that be awesome? I use progressive too. What is it on their mobile website that would be better as an app?

Nope. And if you're a veteran you should look instead to USAA (coming from a vet who had Geico when it was Government Employees Insurance Company and now uses USAA).

Anyone else having issues with the Windows 8.1 link?  Says the app has been removed.  Too bad since I was actually excited to start using their services on all my devices.

"That’s important for people who, like myself, don’t like doing the whole website-on-mobile thing to access my account. There’s just something satisfying about launching an app."

I, on the other hand, don't understand why people want an app for something like this. Take up storage space for something you use, what once or twice a year? Once a month at most, for most people. A well designed mobile website beats an app every time, IMO, for these type of uses.

I'm a little bummed about this one.  My biggest complaint is having to login everytime I access it.  I wish all vendors had an option to keep you logged in.

Good to see. I do not have to dump then and can continue to laugh at their commercials.
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