New way to pay bills online introduced

Summary:Intershop Communications Inc. will integrate a new payment form into its electronic software suite that allows users to pay bills through their telephone service.

Intershop Communications Inc. will integrate a new payment form into its electronic software suite that allows users to pay bills through their telephone service.

The eCharge Corp.'s technology works by disconnecting users from the Internet and using their modems to place a 900-number call to a number associated with that product. Once the product is transmitted, the customer is connected back to the Internet, right where they left off.

The entire process takes about a minute, depending on modem speeds, said eCharge spokeswoman Erica Beyer. The charge for the product will show up as a line item in the customer's phone bill, she said.

Currently, the service can only be used to buy digital products or services, such as software downloads or pay-per-view articles and pictures, because of federal regulations, and is limited to purchases of $50 or less.

Intershop and eCharge did not release financial details of the deal.

Topics: Hardware

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