Google Wallet

It's been a bit of a wild ride for Google Wallet since its security was found to have a vulnerability in it. While having fixed the issue already, Google wasn't in any rush to let folks readd prepaid cards back to the service but emails are now going out letting folks know things are back in order and for your troubles, you're getting a bonus $5 from Google:

As you may have experienced over the last few weeks, we temporarily disabled the feature to add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet if you previously removed the card or reset your wallet. We temporarily disabled this feature to ensure the security of our Wallet customers. We recognize this may have been an inconvenience for you, and we did not make this decision lightly.

We are happy to announce that you can now add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet with the newest version of Google Wallet, and any funds that you previously had on the card should be restored, unless you contacted Money Network and asked for a refund of those funds. To add the Google Prepaid Card back, you will first need to update your Google Wallet application to the most recent version.

To compensate you for any inconvenience this may have caused, we have credited an additional $5 (five US dollars) to your Google Prepaid Card. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 855-492-5538.

Thank you for your continued support of Google Wallet, and we look forward to launching many new and exciting features for you to enjoy in the coming months.

We've said it before, but it's worth saying again -- Google Wallet is a beta service. Keeping that in mind, it's nice to see that Google doesn't mind tossing their beta testers a few bones to make use of. So there you have it, go ahead and add your prepaid cards back and collect your $5. if you're new to Google Wallet, you'll find the download link past the break.


Reader comments

Google gives you an extra $5 for your Google Wallet troubles


Looks like the QR code only works for people who don't have the Galaxy Nexus. So I still can't install Wallet. Awesome!!

I was stock when I first installed Wallet. Then switched to AOKP and Wallet stopped working. Now I'm back to stock and it still doesn't work. I can install wallet, but it won't let me add my pre-paid card. When it stopped working I called Money Network for a refund, maybe that's why it doesn't working for me anymore.

Still shows 1.43 hmm did wallet update? Also I did the market install from the web on my gnex lol so i'm wondering if they know.

I have Wallet (1.1-R52v7) running on a stock GN. I did not experience the outage that many have. I have been able to add and spend money since 2/17 to my pre-paid card. I have not seen the $5 added to my card yet, and did not receive the e-mail.

What is the latest version number? When I check in app, it tells me I am up to date.

As an aside, I used the market trick to install over the apk from my initial install, and have been updated through the market once since then.

I didn't see the $5 so, u uninstall and tried reinstalling but now I get some error The Security Element has stopped working.. anybody else? Stock Version G-Nex..

This is why I love Google. They offer up a free $5 when they inconvenience customers who pay nothing for their services. You never see anything like that from the electric company when the power goes out, or the cable company when Internet access goes wonky - though those situations cause real inconvenience.

I got the $5 even though I am running an older version on my Galaxy Nexus. Thanks Google!

Looks like I'm screwed now.. my phone has locked me out.. well that is the end of that.. goodbye Wallet.. so don't uninstall if it updated.. with the link above..

I installed the latest version on my gnex(rooted) and in the top part of the screen it says my device is unsupported....duh I am rooted on a verizon device.

Wonder if there is a way to remove the warning....

Rooted. Running gummy. Have the unsupported device message. Got the extra $5. Worked at McDonald's. Works like a charm!!!

For everyone thinking that they getting $5 only for the people that had disabled it or removed it and or reset the google wallet such as when flashing roms......these people will have a $5 credit to it......not the people that came in all late and used it normal....just to be clear ..