Google Play Gift Cards Now Official and Hitting Retail Soon

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Android fans will be thrilled to learn that Google is finally getting on the ball with Google Play cards, which you'll soon be able to purchase in $10, $25, and $50 denominations. These are exactly as rumored last week, and now confirmed by Google.

"Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out Google Play gift cards in stores across the U.S. We’ve teamed up with Target, GameStop and RadioShack to offer $10, $25 and $50 Google Play gift cards, and will start offering them later this month," Google announced on its Google+ page.

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Android users can redeem Google Play gift card currency to purchase music, movies, books, apps, games and more (as stated right on the bottom of the cards). They're also good for in-app purchases. More importantly, it takes away an edge iTunes had over Google Play and, by extension, Android in general. It's a bit surprising it took Google this long to roll out gift cards, but hey, better late than never.
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Jaybk26 replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 5:15 PM

That's truly surprising it took Google this long (8 years now?) to get on the ball, but do gift cards for virtual currency really make that big of a difference?

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LKnudson replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 5:56 PM

it is weird that it took Google this long to catch up, Normally they are right up there with all competition. Having gift cards could definitely up the sales in their stores

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Erakith replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 7:07 PM

I don't think I've ever used virtual currency that wasn't a gift or freebie, but, this is still good for Google to get on board and, good for Android on the whole.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 7:48 PM

I agree on the weirdness of this but really it makes little sense except for as a gift. When you buy something on Googleplay it is billed to your phone and I would bet for a lower priceline than anything gotten with one of these cards..

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unionsac replied on Wed, Aug 22 2012 6:13 AM

We've been waiting too long for these gift cards... I hope they'll spread like iTunes Cards do!

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deadmanet replied on Wed, Aug 22 2012 11:13 PM

Yes, most see this as only useful for gift cards, but there are some out there(like me) that have been waiting for this. I don't have the ability/option to have something billed to my phone due to being prepay.(Have been on same plan for so long, that it's cheaper than signing a contract with less benefits) Would be nice to have one of these on hand, for when an app/game I want comes along.

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