The service is available free to all AT&T WorldNet members.
“We’re opening the online global marketplace to home businesses,” said Ed
Plaskon, AT&T WorldNet Service product director. “Now regardless of the size
or location of your business, it can have a world wide presence.”
Every online store can offer up to 25 products and/or services (including
photos) and comes complete with a shopping cart that visitors can use to hold
their purchases, AT&T said.
PWP SecureBuy Basic provides the ability to
securely receive credit card information. Functions such as authorization and
verification of credit cards and addresses must be done through a business’s
normal processing channels.
SecureBuy Basic helps home businesses create their own storefront, set
up a bookkeeping system, promote the store, close for vacation and designate
a vanity URL. Storeowners may test all the functionality of their site before
they open for business – both from an owner’s and customer’s perspective.
“We’ve made operating a home business online as easy as 1-2-3,” said Plaskon.
“Our members can use their electronic storefront to sell everything from
wedding gowns to homemade potato chips.”
Plaskon said about 3,500 micro-merchants have already listed their home
businesses with thousands of other member pages in AT&T WorldNet’s Community Port, an
online meeting place.
Community Port links members’ personal Web pages to the
sites of other members who share similar interests, allowing home businesses
to connect with a targeted audience.
AT&T WorldNetService serves 1.8 million consumer members.