Sending money finally catches up with modern day technology

Anyone who has ever tried to send money to a friend, even if it’s not very much, has probably found that it’s hard. Even if you share the same bank, it’s still more challenging to send that person $50 than it is to have a computer shipped from Dell. Square is tackling this challenge with their latest endeavor.

While you can buy a $500 iPad at with a single click, sending even small amounts of cash to a friend or relative is still often a tedious and slow task. In most cases, you wind up doing exactly what you would have in 1957 — writing a check and mailing it. The recipient then has to cash it or deposit it in her bank account.

But starting Tuesday, you can just email cash, free of charge, directly from your debit card to anyone else’s, regardless of what bank each party uses. There’s no login or password to remember and no special software or hardware required — you just use email. It works on both ends using any email service or program on any email-capable device, whether a computer, a smartphone or a tablet.

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