Google Adds A Physical Debit Card To Virtual Wallet

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Google Wallet will in all likelihood become a payment method of the future. Presently, however, there are not a lot of people who seem willing to adopt it as a means of payment, if you will. In the hopes of adding more users to the original near-field chip (NFC) tap-and-pay system, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has gone backwards a bit. Google, and a number of its products, represent the future. However, until the future arrives, Google is moving towards the past and the technology that was promised to be the future in the 1967 film The Graduate, “plastics.” Or at least that’s what I remember Dustin Hoffman’s character, Benjamin Braddock, was promised in the film that was made six years before my birth.

A plastic debit card is what I’m getting at with my long-form writing.

Google Wallet debit card backed by MasterCard

US customers who already have verified bank accounts with Google Wallet will be given access to a old-fashioned physical debit card backed by MasterCard, a service that has been offered for some time by PayPal, whose card is also backed by MasterCard. Just as you would expect, the card can be used in any physical or online store that accepts the red and yellow circles as well as similarly equipped ATMs.

How to receive Google Wallet card

Once those requirements are met, expect a notification from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) asking you if you are interested in its new offering. Once you express interest in receiving the card, it will arrive by mail in 10 to 12 business days. From there, you will simply need to activate it online using your wallet PIN that you set up your wallet app with when you first downloaded the mobile app. According to Droid Life, customers will be limited to use that doesn’t exceed $5,000 in any 24 hours period.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has recently opened the Google Play Store and Google Shopping Express to wallet use. That clearly hasn’t had the response that Google had hoped for and are, not unlike Michael J. Fox, going back in order to get to the future. Thankfully, you won’t need to splash out tens of thousands of dollars on a used DeLorean, nor will you need plutonium to power the flux capacitor.

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About the Author

Brendan Byrne
While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. To contact Brendan or give him an exclusive, please contact him at theflask@gmail.com

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