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I'm looking for software that will let me take someone's credit card, wait a month during a free trial, and then start charging the card automatically each month if they don't cancel.  I also need to generate statements that will include the standard monthly cost plus any extra services ordered during the month.  I know this is possible with a PayPal Pro account  but it's a lot of work and working with PayPal is not easy.  It seems like by now someone should have a polished accounting/ecommerce program that will do this.  

Thanks for any suggestions.

Steve
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Also, if the customer's credit card has expired, the software automatically generates an email to the customer that payment cannot be made and alerts me.

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Also, if the customer's credit card has expired, the software automatically generates an email to the customer that payment cannot be made and alerts me.
Depending on your location, the Quantum Payment gateway could really help you with this.  It was built with webhosting companies in mind - able to store credit card numbers, charge them when needed, maybe charge more if necessary.  Their API communicates with your cart to let you know the charge was declined as well.

They have other services as well
Storing Credit Card Numbers
MaxMind
Verified by Visa and MasterCard Secure Code
Calling your Customer to Verify the order
Recurring Billing

The fee for all these services is free - thete is no transaction fee for the gateway.  The only fee is $8.00 (compared to usually $15.00 - $100.00 or more).  Plus most other gateways will charge for these features.  And most others do not even have some of these third party feartures
MaxMind
Verified by Visa and MasterCard Secure Code
Calling your Customer to Verify the order
built into the system, you usually have to buy them and install them into your checkout process.
Sorry, I forgot to ask - are you looking for a hosted solution or do you want to install a shopping cart on your own website?   I usually recommend the latter.  

If you need a recommendation to a hosting company - TechEvolution.  

Plus you would need to decide if you wanted PHP (usually cheaper), ASP (not used as much these days), and then ASP.NET.  PHP is usually on a *NIX machine and ASP / ASP.NET is on Windows.  If the Windows server has PHP installed, it might work.   I have not had the chance to update

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Thanks Corey.

I already have a hosting provider and I use PHP.  

There won't be a shopping cart.  People will just come to the site and sign up for a $50/month service.  I'll be submitting the transaction directly to the gateway with PHP.  

I didn't see any description of the API for doing this on the Quantum Payment site.  Did I miss it?

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