BT Click and Buy Shuns Online Gambling Payments
By Linda
BT has confirmed that it won't be working with gambling and adult content when it launches its online micropayments scheme, Click&buy, in the next few weeks.

Helen Davis, business director for BT Click&buy, said the scheme, due to launch in September, was open to any content provider that could prove there was value associated with its content.

But she added that, in line with BT's wider position, it wouldn't provide the service for gambling Web sites or pornography providers.

'The need is definitely there for this service, but we're going to be selective about who we bring on board,' said Davis.

However, start-up rival Ymogen has said it is willing to offer its services to such sites.

Ymogen has soft launched its technology with Sense, the UK deaf and blind charity, and is close to signing deals with a number of other sites, including a 'big comic site'.

It has launched a fundraising drive for £1.6m over two rounds, with £600,000 sought initially.

Although Ymogen sees the main market opportunity as teenagers, CEO Mark Hardwick said it would work with gaming and adult sites, although he admitted that some of its partners were unwilling to support adult site payments.

Users of both schemes will eventually be able to settle their online payment accounts through regular credit or debit cards.


 
 
 
 
 
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