Goodbye, Google Wallet Card

  • Philip Ryan
  • March 31, 2016
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It was never supposed to have existed.

Google Wallet Card, the sad offspring of Google’s original mobile payments dreams, will shut down June 30, as Android Police reported on March 28. Emails have now gone out to Google Wallet cardholders.

The card came about in 2013 because Google was blocked from activating mobile payments via NFC by telecom companies anxious to launch their own mobile payments platform, Isis, later called Softcard, later purchased by … Google — and shut down a year ago today.

Google Wallet still exists in app form as a peer-to-peer payments vehicle. Android Pay, for use in-app and at the point of sale, is alive and well. Here’s the email Google sent out today:


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Philip Ryan is Senior Editor of Bank Innovation and Senior Director of INV Fintech. He began covering financial services in 2012 and has more than 15 years' experience in online journalism. He can be reached at

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