Mobile-telephone operator Peoples has launched a real-time bill-payment service that enables subscribers to pay bills via credit card through the Internet. The company has teamed up with First Ecom.com to offer the service, which can be accessed overseas. First Ecom.com, which clears credit-card transactions, said it would charge Peoples standard transaction fees, between 3.5 per cent and 6 per cent of the bill. Peoples chief executive Jim Pratt said the service could be accessed by handsets by next year, after the launch of its data-based wireless application protocol platform, enabling Internet access. The operator would announce next month an alliance with one of Hong Kong's four biggest Internet service providers, Mr Pratt said. The alliance would give Peoples subscribers easy access to the Net. 'At this stage, we have no plans to become an ISP on our own. We believe that our business is in mobile telephones, not running an ISP.'