Thy physical Google Wallet debit cards will soon be no more.
Google announced late last week that it will no longer support the Wallet Card, which is linked to users’ Google Wallet accounts, as of June 30. The company has decided to phase out the use of the physical debit cards in an effort to turn its attention more toward the Google Wallet app itself.
Last fall, the Google Wallet app was relaunched with a specific focus on online peer-to-peer payments. The new Google Wallet app facilitates the ability to cash out with a debit card and send money with just a recipient’s phone number, the tech giant said in a blog post.
Those with a Google Wallet Card will no longer be able to add money to their Wallet Balance after May 1, with the cards themselves being officially retired one month later. The company confirmed that any transactions made using the card after June 1 will not be processed, but Wallet Balances will remain intact to send money, make purchases on Google Play or cash out at any time.
Google offered suggestions for any consumers looking to find a replacement for their Wallet Card – American Express and Simple. It has also teamed up with both companies in order to provide a sign up bonus to any users who decide to switch.
“As we wind down support for the Wallet Card, we want to thank you — cardholders, early adopters, and payment pioneers — for your feedback along the way. We’re excited to continue enhancing Google Wallet to give you the best possible experience when paying friends and family,” the blog post stated.