Following news that Google will acquire technology from Softcard and embed its Google Wallet service in Android devices, Softcard recently announced that the app will stop working soon. As of March 31, the Softcard application that comes pre-installed on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless devices will cease working.
It’s unclear if Google will release its new Wallet application by then, though recent reports have suggested it instead plans to revamp its mobile wallet solution during the Google I/O developer’s conference in May. That leaves Softcard users with using the current version of Google Wallet until something newer comes along.
“As of 3/31 your Softcard app will no longer work,” Softcard says in a FAQ on its website. “You can continue to use the Softcard app until 3/31. After that your Account will be closed. In the event you would like to manually terminate your wallet before that time, please contact your mobile carrier.” The changes affect Softcard for Windows Phone, too, even though Google may never release Google Wallet for that platform.
The news comes on the heels of the introduction of Samsung Pay, which will arrive on Samsung smartphones this summer, and as Apple Pay continues to take off in popularity. Hopefully Google has some big plans for Wallet in June.