I've been their customer since 2008. Had $180,000 no penalty CD and withdrew it with no hassle. When I tried to open checking, money market, saving and new CD account jointly with my wife after that, I could not do it on their website. I tried many secure emails, chat, phone calls, none of them could help. After one month, they found out their Web system does not allow previous customer with no account open at that time to open new accounts. My new accounts were finally created via phone call that I least preferred.
My experience and many reviews here and everywhere taught me that, with no in person contact available, they must be suspicious of anything unusual to protect their customers. Many things that can be solved easily in person could become complex online or over phone. They don't give any clues that might be helpful to solve issues because that may make them easier for bad guys to do something bad to them or their customers. There are some disadvantages for online only banks. To benefit from what they offer with no headache, you must keep things as simple as possible. Do things absolutely right at first time, don't make mistakes when contacting them like answering wrong info.
The features they have include free ATM access, best rates, no account fee, no checkbook fee, no ridiculous fees, online and mobile check deposit up to $10,000 per month. They are all true in my experience. It's good to have Ally bank. Will recommend it to others.
Very pleased with Ally Bank. It was super simple to set-up a money market account and an interest-bearing checking account, plus I was pleasantly surprised to find out they supply unlimited checks for free.
Now for the clincher! They offer free "bill pay" and they covered my butt when I made a mistake on my first trial run. I accidentally processed more bills than my account balance and they covered the deficit with no "bounced check" fees or penalties. I got a nice email to let me know about this "one-time courtesy" for new users. Thanks Ally!
Note: For those of you using online banking for the 1st time, be aware that a money transfer to Ally Bank from your physical bank is not instantaneous. It takes about 4-5 days. Big "duh" on my part, but now that I know this, I transfer money a week before I activate my monthly payments.
Recently they have started asking strange questions like which street is closest to you, who among the persons listed below do you know, and so on. These are totally ridiculous and irrelevant questions and why can't they keep the validation to the relevant information in their systems? How would one know every street in the metropolis? ( i googled those streets and some of them are 40 miles away). How do you know if i know the person or not and if you do why are you preying on my privacy. Who gave you authority and access to do searches on me? I am very frustrated customer and very annoyed with ally bank! This is totally unacceptable and needs to stop.