Google Wallet closing down Gift Cards and Loyalty Cards

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Google Wallet
Looks like our fearless Google Wallet app is losing a set of features soon. Come August 21st you will no longer be able to use Google Wallet for loyalty and gift card NFC redemption. If you happen to have some balances on those things, you best hurry up and spend them.

It does look like this won’t be then of it entirely though as then make mention that they are “working with retailers on other options for gift and loyalty card redemption” and that they are “excited to share them with you soon”

Don’t go freaking out just yet, Google Wallet itself isn’t ever going to go anywhere. Google stresses that all other functionality will remain and you can still tap-to-pay all you want. Check out the email being sent out if you haven’t already seen it in your inbox.

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.

Sincerely,
The Google Wallet Team.

Better get to spending those balances before they are gone.

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Stormy Beach
I am the proud father of three, 3, 9, and 12. I recently upgraded from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the Sony Xperia Z. Having so many kids warranted a change of pace. Let me tell you, it is mind blowing. I love Android, I love tech and I love my family. Not in that order though. I work hard, play even harder and take care of all that are around me when I can.

  • FILA

    never used this feature of it, probably cuz it was so limited, but do love google wallet and paying with NFC

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