Amalgamated Bank is offering up to $150 cash bonus for the following: $75 for opening a free checking account and starting direct deposit in the first 3 months, $25 for signing up for a debit card and making 3 purchases in the first 3 months, $25 for enrolling in online banking and paying 3 bills online in the first 3 months, and $25 for opening a CD or a savings account. The offer code is 0507, and the promotion ends 8/31/07. The promo page (pdf) is on their home page.
I called their toll-free number at 1-866-290-3246, and the banking rep said that you can apply for accounts online. In the application there's a field for the promo code. I was told that people from any state are eligible. You do have to mail in the signature card and copies of your ID. The banking rep said that they do a ChexSystem verification when you apply, but she didn't think a hard credit pull was done.
Details of the accounts are available at this page. The Standard Checking and the Statement Savings Account have no minimum deposit or balance requirements and no monthly fees. The savings account rate is low, so you definitely don't want to make this your main savings account. According to the FAQ page, the first 50 checks are provided free.
I last reported on this bank in the spring when they were having a 5.50% CD promotion.
You can also open this checking account at one of their branches which are located in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC and in Pasadena, California. The bank has been FDIC insured since 1934.
Credit for this find goes to FW member bigpoppabear who posted the promo info on this FW thread.