Google is inviting its Gmail users to take advantage of the newly integrated Google Wallet in their e-mail accounts. After a brief verification process, the service allows users to "attach money" to their e-mails.
Google says Google+ profiles will soon serve as stand-ins for Gmail addresses, allowing people to send e-mails without needing to know the address of the person they're trying to contact. E-mail senders simply need to follow someone on Google+ to be able to send an e-mail to their personal inbox. Some Gmail users protested the feature, which they said would lead to an uptick in intrusive or unwanted messages.
Google is introducing a prepaid debit card that enables consumers to access funds in their Google Wallet mobile application accounts. The physical card also allows users to draw funds from a bank account, a different debit or credit card or tap friends who can e-mail money through Gmail or use the Wallet application to send the funds.
Google is offering a money-transfer service through its Gmail and Google Wallet services. Payments can be sent via Gmail to any other e-mail account as an attachment. The money-sending service is free for users who link their bank accounts to their Google Wallets or pay with funds in the Wallet accounts and recipient must have a Google Wallet account, or apply for one, to accept payment. The service can be used on mobile as well as desktop devices.
Although Gmail, Google's free e-mail service, is not yet available to the public, auctions on eBay and other sites have begun for the coveted 1 gigabyte accounts. However, some say the invitation-only release of Gmail accounts is actually a sly marketing campaign by Google.