Paying bills online is old news, but how about paying bills by email? With Gmail and Google Wallet, it just might happen.
With the integration of Google Wallet into Gmail, users can now email money to their friends and family, even if they don’t have a Gmail address. The service is free for anyone who has their bank account linked to Google Wallet and users can also email funds from their Google Wallet balance for no cost. For a fee of 2.9 percent per transaction, users can also email money directly from their credit or debit card. Receiving money is always free.
The service is currently only available on the desktop version of Gmail, but users can access the service on a mobile device by going to wallet.google.com within a web browser. Google will be rolling the feature out in the next few months and users will begin to see an “$” symbol in the attachments options in the email composition window. To send money, users just click the “$” and enter the amount they wish to email.
The company has set a transaction limit of $10,000 and a transfer limit of $50,000 per five day period and the service will only be available to users at least 18 years of age.
Google Wallet integration isn’t the only update Gmail has received. The company has added what it calls “Quick Action” buttons, which will allow users to RSVP to events and even check in for flights almost immediately.
When a Gmail user receives an email requesting an RSVP, Google will show a pop-up window in the main inbox view with the important details and users can respond Yes, Maybe or No without even opening the message.
In terms of air travels, Google with display real-time flight status in within a confirmation email and provide a “Check-In” box which takes users straight to the airline’s website to check-in for the flight.
Google will be rolling out the features gradually.