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Pageonce lets consumers pay bills via appBy
Online bill management system Pageonce has released an application that lets users pay and manage all of their bills from one location.
Pageonce is expanding its focus from being a financial hub to letting consumers pay bills with a subscription plan. Pageonce’s app is available for Android and iPhone devices.
“The process for paying bills is a huge hassle for consumers,” said Steve Schultz, chief operating officer of Pageonce, Palo Alto, CA.
“The app is aimed at anyone who pays bills and has a smartphone,” he said.
“With bill pay, users can now take action directly from the device and avoid late and overdraft fees from their bank and billers.”
Pageonce is known as an app that groups all of a consumer’s financial statements and accounts in one place, but saw a need to take its business strategy a step further and let consumers pay for bills via their devices.
Users can pay bills to 300 United States-based companies.
The Pageonce Money and Bill app is free in both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market.
However, to make bill payments, users must upgrade to the Pageonce Gold subscription plan, which is $4.99 a month and can be purchased in the app.
Here is what it looks like when a consumer pays a bill
Consumers can then enter their bills with the dates they are due and set up alerts when they are due.
In addition to paying bills, Pageonce users can add bank accounts and track accounts.
Users can also add investment portfolios and add a phone account to track their mobile usage.
Pageonce is also developing an iPad app, which will be released in the following months.
Price to pay
Mobile payments are gaining traction with companies including Google, eBay and Paypal all developing mobile payment solutions.
Although consumers might not be completely comfortable making huge investments over their mobile devices yet, consumers are becoming more comfortable making payments for things such as bills.
For example, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. recently expanded its line of mobile tools to let users pay bills from their mobile devices (see story).
For Pageonce specifically, mobile payments set the company apart compared to other financial management services including Mint.com and moneyStrands.
Going forward, Pageonce is going to continue to focus on its core business around bills.
However, the company also sees a potential with person-to-person payments and evolving their product into more of a wallet solution.
“Mobile is ideal because it’s almost always with you,” Mr. Schultz said.
“Rather than waiting until you get home to log-in, mobile allows you take care of bills now and move on,” he said.
“Now you won’t forget about that bill and rack up late fees or get dinged on your credit score for being late.”
Lauren Johnson is editorial assistant on Mobile Commerce Daily, New York
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