Verizon Wireless to Add Payment Option

Verizon Wireless plans to offer another way for its customers to make purchases through their phones beyond its venture with AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA to create a broad mobile-payment system.

Verizon will partner with Payfone Inc. to bring a one-click payment option to cellphones. Customers can use the Internet on their phones to order digital items such as music or e-books and have the charge placed on their monthly Verizon bill. For tangible goods and more expensive products, customers can link the service to their own credit card.

Any Verizon customer using a phone with a browser will be able to use the service. No upgrades are needed; the one-click payment option will appear as a link on retail websites.

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