Google Cancelling Its Prepaid Card Service Is Bad News For Aussies

Google has today announced that it will soon kill off the prepaid card meant for use with its Google Wallet service. Every Google Wallet user with a Google prepaid card will have their balances refunded, but the worst blow is set to be dealt to Australians who hacked the service onto their Android phones here.

From September 17, Google wallet users will no longer be able to add funds to their prepaid cards, and a month later on October 17, the prepaid card will disappear entirely from Google Wallet.

Google Wallet was never officially made available in Australia, but clever clogs who were dead-keen on having the service were able to hack their devices to support the app and claim the complimentary $10 prepaid card that came with it. You're not able to pair a credit card with the service unless you're a US Citibank customer, which means Wallet is about to be made officially redundant in Australia.

Here's what Google says on the Wallet blog:

Thank you for being one of the first users of the Google Wallet app and for activating your Google Prepaid Card. Since we recently launched the ability to use any debit or credit card in Google Wallet, we are going to discontinue the Google Prepaid Card soon.

September 17: You will no longer be able to add funds to your Google Prepaid Card or add a new Google Prepaid Card to a new device. Please be aware that resetting the Wallet app after this date will remove the Google Prepaid Card and you will not be able to re-add the card. Find out more. October 17, 2012: Your Google Prepaid Card will disappear from the Wallet app and you won’t be able to spend your balance any longer. Don’t worry, you will be able to request a refund if you have remaining funds by visiting this site.

Vale, Google Wallet in Australia.

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    Am I meant to read between the lines here?

    I dont understand how this is bad (in general) for Aussies. Isn't it just the end of the pre-paid card service? I assume if an Australian Citizen were to load money from their (american) citibank account, it might be an issue for them to get the money back (but I cant see why, as it should just be charged back to the citibank account...)

      You cannot use non US credit cards, and you cannot get a US credit card without an American Social Security Number.
      Thus the only way to use it, was to top up the prepaid card with your Australian credit card and use the prepaid card to make purchases.

        Wait.. you've contradicted yourself.. that's why we are confused..

        1. You can not use non-US credit cards.
        2. Only way to use it: Use non-US credit card (Australia C/C)..

        Doesn't make sense.

          You put money on the prepaid card which is used on the wallet. You can't use an Australian CC directly.
          Get it yet?

    Not sure how this is bad news. So you hack the android device to allow prepaid google wallet on it that is only available in the US, Google kills that feature and should be worried about that. Isn't that just something to be expected with rooting your android.

    So aussies got a free $10? Those who have already used it wouldn't of used the service ever again anyway because they weren't able to. They're not losing any money.


    ''Since we recently launched the ability to use any debit or credit card in Google Wallet, we are going to discontinue the Google Prepaid Card soon''.

    But doesnt this say its no longer just CITIBANK cards that you can use.????? Then google prepaid card was just a method google used so that non citibank customers could use the service wasn't it.

    You can add any card to your wallet now, you just have to enter a valid US address..

    I've spent my free 10 google dollars and now just use my everyday visa debit card..

      Can you let me know where you can use this in Australia? I haven't been able to find anywhere.

    How can it be "officially redundant" when it was never introduced? The only "loss" is no more free $10 if you were thinking of hacking the wallet into your phone.

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