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Google offers physical credit/debit card for Wallet accounts

updated 03:02 pm EST, Wed November 20, 2013

Balance accessible from ATMs, retailer terminals

Google has quietly introduced a physical credit/debit card for Google Wallet accounts. The card lacks its own NFC chip for tap-to-pay functionality, however it enables users to withdraw cash from an ATM or use their Wallet balance to purchase items from retailers that currently lack support for contactless payments from NFC-enabled devices.

Although Google's Wallet service is intended to be used for online payments or via NFC, the card enables users to receive payments from other users and quickly convert the payment to cash. Previously the funds could only be left in the Wallet or transferred to a bank account, a process which typically takes a few business days to complete.

Google is currently offering the Wallet card as a free option for account holders, though users must verify their identity before ordering a card.

by MacNN Staff



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