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Google Play Gift Cards “are only available in the United States at this time”


Google has posted some information online about the Google Play Gift Cards. These surfaced last week and brought hope to Android users worldwide, but as expected, the gift cards “are only available in the United States at this time,” with no word on Canadian availability.

According to their terms and conditions, Android enthusiasts will be able to pick these up at Radio Shack, Game Stop and Target, in $10, $15, $25 and $50 denominations. The steps to redeem a gift card seem pretty standard, you open the Google Play Store, search for the item you want and find a drop down menu that reveals a “Redeem” payment method. You’ll see a Google Play balance appear, which also has a limit of $2,000. In addition, there are “No Fees or Expiration.”

The Google Play Store in the United States has the option of purchasing music, television, movies and books. For us Canadians we only have access to various apps, books and more recently movie rentals. We’ve reached out to Google Canada to give us a bit more insight into when we can expect Google Play Gift Cards to come here.

Source: Google Play & Google Support
Via: Phandroid

  • KID ANDROID

    That really sucks for us Canadians but if you dont have a credit card to make purchases you can always do what I do & purchase a pre-paid “Visa” or “Mastercard” at your local variety or grocery store ect & use it to make your Google Play Purchases. Still the Play Cards will be much better as there are no fees like those on the pre-paid credit cards, i cant wait for them to hit Canada.-KID ANDROID

    • Fandroid

      I bet Apple is gonna start selling these gift cards for their app store and then sue Google for copying…

  • Mike

    Really sux.. me and the wife were looking forward to these, but seeing as TDCanadaTrust just made there regular debit cards Visa Debit Cards, you can just use that to make Play payments now :D

  • Hinds2009

    Canadian availability couple years lol

    • Randy – 1

      Well, Google Voice was introduced 3½ years ago and there’s no indication that’s coming to Canada anytime soon. So, if anything, I think your prediction is wildly optimistic. :)

  • kab0b

    Mike: I just got one of the visa debit TD cards. I can’t get it to work with Google play. Works on amazon and other places but not Google play.

    • milesclarence

      I thought the exact same thing when I got my TD debit visa a month ago. Sadly, I have encountered several sites that don’t allow the card to work, with Google Play being one of the sites.

      I hope that it was just a hiccup the few times I have tried it, and that it starts to work soon/works for you.

  • ns.dev

    For those that don’t have a CC I use to use a Zoompass card for online purchases when I was too young for a real Mastercard. It’s owned by Robellus, but it’s free (surprise). It does require a mobile #, but assuming we’re talking Android phones more than tablets I don’t see that being an issue for most.

  • AK

    Is Google EVER gonna expand its services to other countries…I find it very dissapointing that many things are U.S. only, especailly for such a huge comapny.

    • Ron Mexico

      Ya it’s pretty ridiculous, do they want to fully compete with Apple or not? Doesn’t seem that way does it?

  • TestMe

    Get a Credit Card folks.

    There is no need for Play Gift Cards. If you have bad credit or no credit history, then buy and pay the fees for the prepaid credit cards (think of it as an incentive to build your credit / pay back the creditors you owe). Nothing is free people.

  • Ron Mexico

    Getting really old all this Google ignoring Canada nonsense. Really old.

  • jack

    for those who dont have a credit card, this is what i did…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    I GOT A CREDIT CARD lolz

  • Randy – 1

    Google is very Ameri-centric with seemingly little or no interest in elsewhere in the world for much of its offerings.

    While a case may be made for that type of policy for media which requires rights negotiations, there’s really no excuse why things like phones and gift cards can’t easily be sold elsewhere.

  • Johnny

    you can really use pre-paid cards for this? i didn’t know you can… should get one soon since i live in canada

  • jjdigitized

    Is it safe to assume even though we can’t buy them in Canada, if we bought some in the US they will work on our Google Play account? I would think so since the credit with the Nexus 7 works in the same way as these would.

    Just curious as I’ll be in the US in a few weeks, and will pick some up.

  • MattyMattMatt

    God damn it google, I need this. Don’t be a clown!

  • Frank

    OMG ANOTHER GOOGLE SERVICE ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE USA “AT THIS TIME”?????????????
    *Mouth drops to the floor*!!

    Oh well, still love google/android :P

  • Miknitro

    C’mon Google, we want this, NOW!

  • PatriceRoy

    Hope they come soon to Canada! Been really tired of downloading and playing free games instead of the full version on my Samsung Galaxy S3 :(

  • boks

    to KID ANDROID: actually apple already has them them and have had them for 4-5 yrs. but a gift card is not a patent they can sue as gift cards were introduced 20 yrs ago

  • Chris

    Do you think as a Canadian on a border town, I can go into the US, buy one of these and then use the card with a legitimate US address?

  • Jimmy

    It may not get rid of piracy, but it would help a lot. hurry up and expand Google!

  • Tony

    So you can attach a prepaid credit card on your android phone? Cuz I kinda wanna buy a couple of apps. and I don’t want to attach my own credit card on there, fearing id go nuts with it Lol. It be great to let me know if I can use a prepaid credit card to attach on my phone.

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