Google now offering Wallet debit cards to really take on PayPal

Google now offering Wallet debit cards to really take on PayPal
The last update to Google Wallet fundamentally changed the focus and purpose of the app, and expanded compatibility to all phones, including iPhones. It had been that Google Wallet was an app to push forward the use of NFC as a payment system, but too few devices supported the hardware, and too few merchants accepted it. Now, it is much more of an actual Wallet including loyalty cards and offers, but the real focus is similar to PayPal in being how you transfer money and even being an online bank.

That vision has taken another step forward today because Google is now offering an official Google Wallet debit card. The card will work just like any other debit card and let you pay for items everywhere Mastercard is accepted. The Google Wallet card is backed by The Bankcorp Bank, and it can only draw money from your Google Wallet account balance. This card cannot be used like the NFC payments which use other linked debit cards and credit cards. You will also be able to use the card to get money at ATMs using the same PIN that you would use in the app on your phone.

The Google Wallet card isn't for everyone, of course. The most likely to find value in the card are sellers who use Wallet to accept payments, like developers in the Play Store. It would also be useful if you happen to use Google Wallet to send and receive money in general and happen to carry a balance in your Wallet account. 

If you want to get a Google Wallet card, just login to the Wallet website, and you'll notice that in the navigation menu on the left the "Wallet app" entry now reads "Wallet app and card". That link will help you get either the app or the card, and the card is said to take 10-12 days to arrive.

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13 Comments

1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Kewl. Gonna got one.

2. Android4Ever

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

This is pointless for the average person...

4. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So is a 4K television, when the human eye can't even perceive the difference between 720 & 1080.

10. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I'd appreciate it if you weren't an idiot. First off, on TVs 720p and 1080p make a huge difference, because of the large display. Most large TVs are around 60ppi, so if you doubled that, it would be 120ppi which the human eye can definitely see. If you live in America try going to your local best buy and look at one of the 4k TVs they have on display. There's a big difference. Second, even on mobile phones there's a difference. I had the Evo LTE before my One, and there's definitely a difference in sharpness. If you have a 1080p phone and good eyesight, you'll get annoyed by how many apps on android are only optimized for 720p screens. Please think before you talk.

12. Android4Ever

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

You must be a apple customer. That sounds just like the crap that they tell their customers. I have a S3 and a S4 right in front of my face and I can definitely tell the difference between a 720p and a 1080p screen. It's not even close to comparison. Stop believing everything you hear/read and go try it for yourself. Oops my fault, you can't because apple still doesn't have full HD and its damn near 2014...

3. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

A good use for it would be a travel card or at a restaurant. I would much rather transfer a predetirmined balance onto my Google card and hand it over to waitstaff than my regular credit/debit card.

5. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Cool. It's a debit card for my debit card. How useful that would be.

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's not what it is.

8. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

It's what it is, but not what you think it is. It's a debit card by Google, not by your debit card.

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

The few times I've used Google to purchase items I've liked it more than Paypal. I'll be checking this out, sounds like another cool idea.

9. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Great now I can ditch other cards I own but it will be a pain to change all my accounts info again.

11. azfar

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

can people outside US get one?

13. venomania

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

still not available in my country :(

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