Google’s Gmail Team Is Testing An Email Service With A Built-In Payment Service

25 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google’s ‘Pony Express’ will reportedly let you pay bills right from Gmail.

It’s been a while since Google offered an update to its Gmail service, but do not worry, as the company is working hard behind the scenes on an upcoming Gmail update.

According to the Re/code reports, Google is working on a project code- named “Pony Express” allows people easily to receive and pay their bills through Gmail. According to Recode, the new project is called Pony Express, though that could be an internal code name; Google could go in a different direction with branding when Pony Express launches to consumers. (But we very much hope it sticks around.) The service — being pushed as “the future of paper mail” according to Recode’s screenshots — is currently expected to roll out in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Although there are many service providers like the insurance companies, telecoms which offer bill paying services through email but the Google’s service is said to be simpler as it organizes all the bills in a folder. To use Pony Express, users will need to provide personal information including a full social security number, though this data and identify verification will be handled by a third party rather than Google itself. Gmail to receive bills from your service providers – As part of this upcoming update it looks as though Gmail users will be able to receive bills directly, which could help take the headache out of paying them. The report also suggest that it is not necessary that this service will be launched but if any case it does then it would be released in fourth quarter.

Once that’s done, bills can be paid right within Gmail or Inbox, the company’s other email app that puts a greater focus on organization and surfacing messages that are timely or important. However, where this gets a little controversial is how many users believe this to be going back in time because most service providers already offer automatic bill paying. Google Wallet (which you’ll soon see a lot more of) doesn’t allow for this at present, so either Google will handle billing for the new service separately, or it will soon expand Wallet’s capabilities to support bank account linking. Aside from paying a full bill yourself, Pony Express will also allow Gmail users to forward bills onto other people (roommates, spouses, etc.) to split up the full balance. But compared with paying by snail mail or visiting a utility provider’s website, this could make for a faster way of paying off those monthly expenses.

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