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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!

QR: geico

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TheJoester09 says:

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!

simphf says:

But does it have Instagram?

aitt says:

2014 for WP. Still need Capital One and US Bank to get on board. Also Allstate

coip says:

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.

TechAbstract says:

I use Mint app from Intuit for now

aitt says:

I use mint too but its limited to its uses. Its not the same.

Novron says:

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.

wpguy says:

... And that is a really good thing.

Novron says:

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.

Shad0wguy says:

+1 Capital One and Allstate

toph36 says:

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.

RafRol says:

+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.

Novron says:

The added bonus of a native app is being able to put it in an app folder.

jobinthomas says:

Amex, PNC, the list goes on

+1 Allstate

They already have an official esurance app on WP and that's owned by Allstate.

kurtd says:

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.

Novron says:

You pay what GEICO quotes.

rubenbest says:

Bout time.....too bad its too late they kick me off their insurance....jerks! Hate them

KeegdnaB42 says:

Like a good neighbor State Farm is...oh wait

SleepyTheDon says:

I had this before and they took it down because of issues. I'm glad its back!!!

caliborn says:

So am I.  Got into an accident this morning and opened a claim using it.  Awesome!

Ticomfreak says:

I wouldn't call an accident "awesome"...

wprocks says:

Yes they had the app. They are rereleasing it now .

rubenbest says:

Awesome and got into an accident in the same comment wow. Hope ur okay. And your car

caliborn says:

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.

eortizr says:

Too late... already rocking my Note 3....

deloa84 says:

Its never too late.

toph36 says:

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....

StirItUp says:

Well, I have State Farm. Darn it to heck lol

bc3tech says:

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

thirdday2002 says:

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.

Novron says:

Interesting, ditching Regions for Wells Fargo this week precisely because they don't have a WP app.

Novron says:

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.

Asrialys says:

Allstate has a commercial about their photo claim thing and the kid is holding a Lumia 920...

saket87 says:

but the mom is using android

ErR0rPr0n3 says:

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 :)

So can the pig get his Nokia back now that they actually have an app?

wpguy says:

+925 Come on Nokia/Microsoft, comarketing ready.

Forget the pig..give me the gecko instead

wapoz says:

Still waiting on progressive to make an app.....

rubenbest says:

They are progressing

astroXP says:

I just want Flo

TheJoester09 says:

Yes, this. GET ON IT FLO!

MikeSo says:

What is it about their mobile website that makes you need an app instead?

wapoz says:

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.

MikeSo says:

"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.

Novron says:

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.

Z51Corvete says:

They have one and it works good

Esurance is cheaper & has better service IMHO. Plus they have a great app that been with Windows Phone since launch day 2010.

hopmedic says:

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.

USAA has a decent app too, that recently got a big update.

hopmedic says:

Yup. Glad they finally returned.

willied says:

That's what Clark Howard recommends.

hopmedic says:

Yup. He's. A good guy.

Novron says:

I could write about six chapters worth of horror stories when I had Allstate. Never again.

BCH says:

This is just a wrapper for mobile website.

Rick Smits says:

At least we have an app and they spent money on it to get it to the WinPhone store.

ricbon says:

C'mon Flo shows wha you got! Your turn!

MA7mgte#WP says:

That's nice. Allstate, time to step up.

vdubskey says:

Nationwide where are you :'(

TheJoester09 says:

Nationwide is On Your Side!*

 

 

 

 

 

*but only if you use Android or iOS

indieimprint says:

boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants and..

wpguy says:

That's been in my head since I saw the article.

Richard_Indy says:

Come on 5th/3rd... I'm waiting...

JenkTJ27 says:

Nice bookmark app

blends says:

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.

MikeSo says:

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?

willied says:

If you're using GEICO, you're probably not getting a good deal.

hopmedic says:

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).

legacybass says:

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.

MikeSo says:

"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.

MoggSquad says:

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.

pierrerv says:

I need a progressive app. The webapp version MS is giving us is not good enough.

adamx98 says:

Great app. It's got all my pertinents, and such.

AriesDog says:

So much better than the old Windows Phone 7 version.

snowmutt says:

Good to see. I do not have to dump then and can continue to laugh at their commercials.
".....can Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?"

oscargodson says:

Uh. This is just their mobile site with a button bar at the bottom.

I just saved 15% or more on my car insurance by downloading the gecko (I mean, Geico) app