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Splitting bar tab? Leading banks team to offer truly instant cash transfers from your phone

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Splitting bills, paying for services on the spot or donating money? These used to take days to post to the other person's account, even with instant payment services like Paypal's Venmo and the like. Well, some of America's largest banks have apparently teamed up to make those quick transactions truly instant, reports Reuters, so that they post to the other person's account within minutes rather than days.

In fact, Bank of America is expected to announce the service as soon as today for transfers to U.S. Bancorp customers, with JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and others expected to join the fun later on. The instant payments will take advantage of the so-called clearXchange system that the banks jointly own, which in its fastest parts allows for almost immediate postings between accounts. 

If the banks manage to pull this off, and build appealing apps to do it from your phone, popular services like Venmo could bite their tongue, as they might be hip and trendy, but only the banks own the means to make transfers between them instantaneous for now. Of course, Venmo won't sit still, and is planning to offer its own same-day transactions through a dedicated clearing house. Good times for us mere users, though.

source: Reuters

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