Google Wallet learns to send funds with just a phone number – no email needed
When we first heard of Android Pay, we were all ready to whip out a bugle and start playing “Taps” for the fallen Google Wallet. And even though Google Wallet will never again be Android’s home for tap-and-pay mobile purchases, it’s found a new role to fill when it comes to sending money between users. We’ve already seen Google hard at work to keep Wallet relevant, beefing up its account support and improving app security, and today we learn of a new feature that promises to help expand the service’s usefulness, allowing users to send money to recipients without even needing their email addresses.
Google Wallet already let you send funds to people who weren’t Wallet users themselves, but you needed to have their email address. A lot of times that might be sufficient, but what if you needed to reimburse a more casual acquaintance – maybe a friend of a friend who helped you out on a lunch bill? With the latest Google Wallet, all you’ll need is their phone number.
So long as you’ve got someone in your phone’s contact list, Google Wallet will be able to send them a link that directs them to a secure page ready to transfer the funds you authorize to their debit card.
Look for the update delivering this feature to hit both Android and iOS versions of Google Wallet over the course of the next few days.