Intuit Inc. and AT&T Corp. Monday jumped into the battle for a share of the electronic billing market with a system that they said would give billers a higher level of contact with customers.

Unlike bill presentment models developed by Checkfree Corp. and MSFDC- the joint venture of Microsoft Corp. and First Data Corp.-the group's Open Internet Billing model does not require billing data to reside at a third- party consolidator's Web site.

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