Google announced Monday that it will deactivate the prepaid card option in Google Wallet on Oct. 17. The search company alerted Google Wallet users via e-mail recently and said that, since it just announced that you can use any debit or credit card, there’s no need for the prepaid option to exist anymore. As of Sept. 17, Google Wallet users will no longer be able to add cash the Google Prepaid Card. The option will then vanish completely from Google Wallet beginning on Oct. 17.
The good news? If you still have a balance on your prepaid card after the service is shut down, Google will allow you to request a refund by visiting http://google.com/wallet/prepaid-refund. But you should probably just avoid that headache and use up your remaining balance right now. You’ll also be doing yourself a favor, especially since Google will also change its monthly maintenance fee from a $2.00 charge every 180 days to a $2.00 charge every 30 days, without a transaction, on Oct. 17.