America Online users who work up an appetite while logged on to the computer service will soon be able to order a pizza or perhaps some Chinese food without picking up the phone.
In a statement issued Tuesday, AOL said its Internet online services unit had entered a four-year, $20 million marketing pact with Cybermeals, an online takeout restaurant service.
Under the agreement, Cybermeals will match customers logged on the AOL service or visiting the AOL.com Web site with restaurants in their neighborhoods that feature home delivery. The online restaurant system then places the order.
Cybermeals said it expected to have more than 25,000 restaurants in the network in time for its April launch as an AOL service.
AOL said it would receive $20 million in payments from Cybermeals and participate in Cybermeals revenues based on meeting specified thresholds.
"Our online partnership with Cybermeals demonstrates once again that with the explosion of electronic commerce, AOL members can increasingly do the same things online as they do off line," AOL Networks Chief Executive Bob Pittman said.