One of the things that technology has made much easier is shopping. Whether it’s online or at a brick-and-mortar store, credit cards and payment gateways have revolutionized how we spend our money. And when it comes to the point, Google, of course, will not let itself be left out of the game; hence Google Wallet.
We’ve all heard about Google Wallet, and you probably have been using it for a while. The thing about this service is that it is only a virtual card. At least, it used to be only that.
Recently rumors about a physical Google Wallet surfaced, and last week, we got official confirmation that it does indeed exist. The physical Google Wallet version is just like any other debit card that you use. From Google:
The Google Wallet Card is a physical prepaid debit card that allows you to access your Wallet Balance in the real world, at ATMs, banks, and wherever MasterCard® Debit is accepted.
If you’re in the US, and you have already verified your identity, you can request a Wallet Card from the desktop site at wallet.google.com, or from the mobile app. Once you receive and activate it, you’ll be able to pay with the Wallet Card at online and physical stores that accept MasterCard® Debit, and make cash withdrawals at ATMs or banks.
Since MasterCard is universally accepted, having a physical Google Wallet card can make things more convenient for regular users of the service. And since it is a debit card, you can only use whatever amount you have in your Google Wallet. There is also a limit of $5,000 every 24 hours. Unless you’re totally loaded, that limit should be enough under normal circumstances, yes?
You can order and activate your physical Google Wallet card here. It is important to note, though, that for now, only US residents are qualified.