Though micropayments over the Internet have not gained a following in the United States, National Westminster Bank is trying to make them a viable business in England.

A service that would become available in 1999 would help businesses that want to sell digital information accept micropayments over the Web, said John Paddick, commercial development director at Natwest Card Services. At first customers would have to preload funds into a virtual wallet maintained by Natwest. Eventually they could use credit or debit cards.

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