Google Wallet prepaid debit card launched

Google announced the availability of the Google Wallet prepaid debit card today, Wallet users can perform transactions at millions of MasterCard enabled outlets without the need of a compatible smartphone.

Wallet service was launched by Google in 2011 in order to enable payments on NFC enabled smartphones using MasterCard's PayPass systems. Users are able to store money in Google Wallet accounts and can use the account for online transactions as well. Now, Google has launched the Wallet debit card to expand the usage of the service to more outlets than the ones having only PayPass systems.

The newly launched debit card works just as traditional debit cards, allowing users to perform online and offline transactions as well as cash withdrawal from ATMs. Wallet PIN acts as the ATM PIN and withdrawals are currently capped at $5000 per day. Google also mentions that some ATM companies may levy an additional charge. Users will be notified on their phones with transaction details when the card is used. There are no activation and monthly fees for the card.

Google Wallet users in the US can order the Wallet debit card using the Wallet Android app which is currently being rolled out, or through their web based account. Registered users can expect the card to be delivered to them in 10-12 days.

Source: Google Commerce via TechCrunch | Image via Google

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To all the Google spy theory lovers, how the **** are they going to find out what you're buying? You think Visa and Master know this ****?

They can see STORE NAME and AMOUNT. Big ****ing deal. If you don't like Google, don't use it, you don't need to jump on them every time they do something that many more people than you will like and use.

It is a bummer that it is a debit card.. I would have hoped for a credit card. Heck if I use plastic, I might as well use something that can build myself some good credit profile

ThunderRiver said,
It is a bummer that it is a debit card.. I would have hoped for a credit card. Heck if I use plastic, I might as well use something that can build myself some good credit profile
Would be nice if they did direct deposit. I would actually tell my work to send a split of my pay check to my paypal account.

also mentioned is that you can't gamble with the debit card, and this clause scares me just a bit, but i'm still getting it: (g) No Right to Stop Payment. You do not have the right to stop payment on a transaction originated with the Google Wallet Card. You are responsible for all authorized transactions initiated by use of the Google Wallet Card.

kayzee said,
I want a real life PayPal card.

you can get one you know.... you get a whopping 1% back on purchases each month.

CJ33 said,

you can get one you know.... you get a whopping 1% back on purchases each month.

Maybe I subconsciously knew this exited when I posted, thanks!

Google is just being patriotic by testing its latest scroogling tactic at home first. Maybe Americans make better scapegoats?

...just in case Google didn't know everything about you, now they will.

There is still no excuse for their wallet and other data collection being easily accessible to Google employees via queries. Data does NOT need to be human accessible, no matter how hard Google argues it does.

Mobius Enigma said,
...just in case Google didn't know everything about you, now they will.

There is still no excuse for their wallet and other data collection being easily accessible to Google employees via queries. Data does NOT need to be human accessible, no matter how hard Google argues it does.

Exactly why I wont use it