Google Wallet

A little bit of bad news tonight if you use Google Wallet for gift cards and loyalty cards. According to an e-mail that just went out, support for NFC redemption of gift cards and loyalty cards will end on Aug. 21. Any remaining balance will have to be spent by then.

Google stresses that all other Google Wallet features remain — including the NFC tap-to-pay functionality — and even hints that "other options for gift and loyalty car redemption within Google Wallet" might be on the way.

Here's the full deal:

Thanks you for being a Google Wallet user.

You're receiving this email because you've added gift and/or loyalty card to your Google Wallet app, and there's a change coming soon that will affect you.

On August 21, 2013, we are ending the current NFC redemption of gift and loyalty cards added to Google Wallet. If you've already redeemed your gift cards, you don't have to do anything. If you have a balance remaining and you'd like to spend it using the tap and pay functionality, you must do so by August 21st. If you still have the physical gift cards, they will continue to work even after August 21st.

Please note that this does not impact NFC credit and debit card payments, and you'll still be able to tap your phone to make purchases.

We're working with retailers on other options for gift and loyalty card redemption within Google Wallet, and are excited to share them with you soon.

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call us.

The Google Wallet Team.

So, spend your stuff by Aug. 21.n

Thanks, Daniel!


Reader comments

Google Wallet pulling support for gift, loyalty cards


considering that a lot of credit fraud involves using giftcards nowadays, the news doesnt come as a surprise.

If carriers didn't f*** us over with that whole Isis situation, NFC payments might actually be popular. I have an AT&T HTC One. Can't use Google Wallet or Isis.

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Your phone is supposed to be compatible with ISIS. You just have to get a new SIM card. I do not have AT&T, but I know on Verizon, there was a small link where you could order a new SIM card. Once I did that, I was able to install ISIS and have not had any issues with it. It is a bit different from Wallet. I have found the app a bit slower than Wallet, but it seems like the actual transaction goes quicker. With Wallet, I kept getting a message telling me to tell the cashier to press "total". I do wish more cards were accepted and more places would accept this type of payment.

Absolutely agreed. I think they will mothball Wallet inside of two years. The new Nexus 7 isn't even capable of running Wallet. How can you be committed to a technology and not put it on your flagship? I'm afraid the writing is on the wall.

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im disappointed it doesnt run wallet either, but could you honestly see yourself paying by tapping your tablet?!

Using Wallet on your tablet? Haha. You funny.

It better continue on with the N5. Love blowing cashier's minds with my N4 tech magic!

The fact that Google didn't even include it, just says the NFC part of wallet is pretty much dead. That's sad, I really thought it had a future.

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That's not true at all, I have Google wallet Installed on my nexus 7 2013 and it works just fine. Where did you get your information? I'm actually interested in finding out. You present you're comment with such confidence. So just an fyi, you are wrong. Google wallet runs perfect on the nexus 7 2013, every single feature that google wallet offers works on the nexus 7 2013. In the future, if there is an app that is on the google play store and this app supports the latest api, any device that is equipped with any of the apps supported api levels and is equipped with the correct hardware/resources will without a doubt run said application, especially a device that happens to be running stock android! There is no possible argument against this. Any new nexus device will run any and all official google applications perfectly, and it hurts my brain trying to figure out how anyone could possibly think otherwise.

I don't see wallet going out. All devs are getting paied thru it and you buy from the Play with it. What would Google do? Send you a receipt, integrate with Paypal?

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I haven't had the option to add anything but a credit/debit card since I started using Google Wallet late last year when I got my Nexus 4. I had read it was an option, but was never given the option to add them.

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I sure hope this isn't the beginning of the end for Google wallet... I use it every day.

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I know it's really dependent on the carriers, but I don't see why they can't agree on a standard. As it stands right now here in Canada if you want to use nfc payments you have to use the carriers bank of choice. The carriers and banks already have to much control.

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How do you figure? It's not going least not the one phone you won't use. You're loss buddy ; p

If you think Google will do anything other then lose interest in Wallet, which BTW, I love, you don't know Google, they honestly couldn't givafuq if they tried. Google has brilliant ideas but lacks any long-term attention span. Just look at all the defunct products that people really liked but they just lost interest in and shutdown, they make money on search and frankly its the only thing I expect to last from them, everything else is fun, until it isn't. Hell, even Google Wave was interesting and starting to slowly get traction, Google Reader? Literally everyone I know who uses the internet used it. Killed. I have a Google Voice number i really like, but I'm not even going to kid myself thinking that's gonna stick around either and Voice is a GREAT product.

Google Wallet doesn't even exist in the UK, I think they tried but couldn't get it going for some reason.

Does anyone know what happened to the Play Store payment system? The other day I went to buy something the normal way by clicking the Google pay button, but it said that it longer works and that I had to add a credit/debit card instead?

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It doesn't affect me in any way but it's worrying that Google have ended yet another thing with very little notice.

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Has everyone completely forgotten the Google Wallet Objects API that was announced that Google I/O which will completely replace and bolster this functionality?

Yup, all they can see is that the sky is falling.
NFC will stay in phones, it has too many uses to go away.
Google Wallet will not go away, it's what Google uses for ALL purchases.
Using Wallet for NFC payment however... Well, there are too few retailers that support it (and I find their units are often broken) and too few carriers allowing it on their devices.
That said, any time I use it, the retail staff always remarks how they wish they could do that.

Wallet is a hassle anyway.
many stores do not have a paypass terminal, the ones
that DO hardly ever work.

So, in the end Wallet works the exact opposite as designed.
you end up holding up the whole line at the store dicking around
with your phone on the terminal trying to pay.