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Google might soon let you receive and pay bills from inside Gmail
Google is reportedly working on a new feature that will let you pay bills from inside both Gmail and Inbox. Codenamed “Pony Express”, the service will let users receive and pay bills without the need to send in a paper bill or navigate to another website. According to leaked documents discovered by Re/code, the service is scheduled to roll out Q4 2015.
Once the service goes live, the document explains that users will need to provide their names, addresses, and social security numbers to a third-party company that will vet users’ identities. Once the information checks out, bills will be available from within both Gmail and Inbox. Google is allegedly working with third-party vendors that print and mail out bills on behalf of service providers like insurance and telecomm companies, as well as numerous different utility industries.
Pony Express will also let users share bills automatically with another Gmail user. This feature would really come in handy for roommates who normally split a number of different bills each month. You’ll also reportedly be able to easily grab customer service contact information from the online bill. Also included is the ability to take a photo of a piece of mail and archive it to your designated Pony Express folder.
Google has yet to confirm any of these reports, so we’ll need to wait and see what happens around October of this year. If Google rolled out Pony Express with all of the features we know about so far, would you use it? Let us know your thoughts!