Gmail users will be able to send money as an attachment to make person-to-person payments online, Google said today.
Along with the paper clip attachment icon, users will see a dollar sign that allows them to send money.
The feature draws on Google Wallet, an app once intended to facilitate in-store payments with smartphones but which has increasingly focused on Web payments. Wallet allows users to store their credit card or bank account information with it to make it easier to pay multiple vendors.
“Wallet is now integrated into Gmail. This means you can securely send money to friends and family in the U.S. – without leaving your Gmail inbox,” the company said in a blog post.
The service is free when it’s used to debit bank accounts directly. Senders pay a 2.9 percent fee if Wallet accesses a credit or debit card.
This feature will be available to U.S.-based Gmail users over 18. It will roll out “over the next few months,” Google said.
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