Either this is an admission that NFC payments aren’t the future or simply something to quell consumer demand, but there’s now a physical Google Wallet Card. You heard that right. For those of you that have funds tied up in Google’s largely unused mobile replacement, you can now order an actual card and start using it like any other MasterCard Debit.
As long as there’s a balance in Google Wallet, you can use it anywhere MasterCard Debit is accepted in the U.S., online and in stores; at the point of sale, your Wallet PIN will be required to complete the transaction, or you can use the zip code associated with your account. The Google Wallet Card is pretty limited in what it can do, and it’s pretty much like having a prepaid debit card on you at all times. But if you’re really committed to Google’s Wallet enterprise, you may as well get the card so, you know, you can actually spend your balance.