Mobile operator du, the commercially branded name of the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co., has launched an automated payment service to enable its postpaid customers to pay bills using their mobile phones, the Dubai-based company earlier this month.

To use the service, customers must log in to du’s online self-service website and register their credit card for electronic billing, according to a statement from the company. They also can visit any du location or authorized dealer to register.

Once registered, du automatically will charge customers’ bills to their credit card on the payment-due date. The company did not say how many billers participate.

As an incentive to sign up, du will provide subscribers a 50 dirham (US$14 or 10 euros) credit to their account for the first two months, totaling 100 dirham.

The service is available only to postpaid customers and not prepaid customers, du notes in its statement. Du has some 4 million customers in the United Arab Emirates.

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