Western Union has released two new mobile applications for its Western Union Speedpay service.

Speedpay allows users to make electronic payments for a variety of bills, leveraging partnerships between Western Union and the billers from around the country.

The Speedpay Mobile Payment App is designed for billers in the financial services, mortgage, insurance, cable, telecommunications and other industries. Consumers can use the service with participating billers to access a biller-branded app for Android, iPhone and iPad.

The other Western Union mobile app is designed for the utility industry, and allows utility companies to provide their customers with the ability to view and pay bills, monitor usage, and track and report outages via their mobile devices. The app's functions were integrated with mobile applications offered by iFactor, a company that sells communications tools to the utilities industry.

The new mobile apps were developed following research from the Western Union Payments Money Mindset Index that found 39% of consumers say they will pay more bills online in 2013. Twelve percent intend to pay more bills via mobile phone, and an additional 11% say they will use more same-day payments, and 25% say they will end fewer checks in the mail to pay bills.

"Western Union recognizes that consumers are seeking more bill payment options, and we are committed to providing a comprehensive set of payment solutions," said David Shapiro, senior vice president of payments for Western Union, in a press release.

Western Union also recently expanded its tax prep services and international college payments.

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