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AT&T Takes a Giant Step into Electronic Billing

Taking a giant step into the electronic billing arena, AT&T (NYSE: T) said its 60 million residential long-distance customers can now view and pay their long-distance phone bills online at more than 150 Web sites in CheckFree's EBP network.

"The momentum that AT&T can bring to electronic billing and payment is tremendous because today they are among the largest issuers of paper bills in the United States," said Tom Stampiglia, president of CheckFree Software Division.

Financial arrangements with CheckFree were not disclosed.

"AT&T is committed to delivering to our customers all of the advantages the Internet has to offer," said Michael Tempora, vice president for AT&T Billing Services and Solutions.

"Electronic billing and payment offers customers tremendous convenience and interactivity that they can't get in any other medium," he said.

"Our arrangement with CheckFree brings our residential customers the benefit of being able to view and pay their AT&T long distance bill along with any of their other bills which they have enrolled for electronic billing and payment, all at a single Web site."

AT&T residential long-distance customers will be able to view and pay their monthly long-distance phone bills at more than 150 financial services Web sites offering the CheckFree electronic billing and payment service including Yahoo! and the U.S, Postal Service) , as well as via Intuit's Quicken personal financial management software.