Here’s something to look forward to, at the Google I/O 2013, the search giant announced that you can now send money to your friends using Gmail, after Google integrates Google Wallet with it’s email service.
via Gmail Blog:
Google Wallet is now integrated with Gmail, so you can quickly and securely send money to friends and family directly within Gmail — even if they don’t have a Gmail address. It’s free to send money if your bank account is linked to Google Wallet or using your Google Wallet Balance, and low fees apply to send money using your linked credit or debit card.
To send money, you just need hover over the attachment paperclip icon, then click the “$” icon to attach money to your message, enter the amount you wish to send, and press send. You should set up Google Wallet to send and receive money. Google also said that “Google Wallet Purchase Protection covers you 100% against eligible unauthorized payments.”
Sending money via Gmail is currently only available on desktop version of email service, you can however still send money from Google Wallet at wallet.google.com from your phone or laptop. This feature will be rolling-out in the coming months and will initially be available to all U.S. Gmail users over 18 years old, so depending on it’s success this feature may or may not be available in other regions.
If ever this feature become available in the Philippines, this will be a good alternative way for OFW to send money to their family and love ones, just like sending file attachments.