Cybershoppers reluctant to submit credit card details over the net will soon be able to pay for goods bought online at their local store. De La Rue, which supplies retailers with PAYzone terminals for bill payments and mobile phone top-ups, is working with "a number of companies" to provide an internet payment service that works just like a credit card. MD Julian Pringle explained: "You would go into a PAYzone outlet to top up your internet account. You can then use that credit to buy things on the net. And if you don't have plastic cards you can pay in cash." Existing PAYzone terminals can be adapted to process a range of transactions, including the mobile top-up service on trial in East Anglia, where Vodafone customers are switching from vouchers to swipe cards. However, mobile network operators have so far failed to supply details of how retailmargins on electronic top up will compare with vouchers. De La Rue is also talking to the multiples about making their till systems connect directly to its hosts and then onto the mobile network operators. "I expect a couple of the big players will launch a service this side of Christmas," added Pringle. {{NEWS }}