Yahoo! Unveils Bill Payment Service

Yahoo! Inc. Wednesday launched a new service that allows users to pay
bills via the Internet.

Yahoo! Bill Pay is a joint venture with CheckFree Corp., a
provider of online financial services. Offered through Yahoo! Finance, the service enables
users to manage their finances from one central location.

The system is unique because it gives users the choice of a variety of
payment schedules. Users may make fixed monthly payments, payments of
differing value and have the ability to post payments up to one year in

Such flexibility is prime for car and mortgage payments or tuition fees.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the availability of Yahoo! Bill Pay,
as this premium service is another way to make our users’ financial lives
more convenient,” said Tim Brady, vice president of production and
executive producer, Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO)

“Yahoo! consistently brings our users the best of the Web, and providing
them with the ability to pay bills online in an extension of this commitment.”

Consumers concerned about security need not fear as Yahoo! and CheckFree
both employ the Secure Sockets Layer standard, which is widely used
by Internet browsers and other merchants conducting business on the Web.
SSL encrypts data to protect it from being read by strangers.

“CheckFree’s strategy is to facilitate the electronic delivery and payment
of bills, as well as other electronic payments, at whatever site the
consumer chooses,” said Pete Kight, chairman and chief executive officer of CheckFree.

Interested clients are encouraged to visit to learn how to enroll in Yahoo!Bill Pay.

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