By Stephen Schenck | September 10, 2012 4:07 PM
Google’s implemented some important changes to Wallet this summer, not the least of which is a work-around that lets users charge purchases to their credit cards even without the blessing of the card-issuing institutions. Before that was an option, though, there was the Google prepaid card. Apparently the prepaid card has served its purpose, as Google has now announced plans to slowly wind-down the program.
Here’s how it’s going to work: next week, on September 17, you’ll no longer be able to add funds to a Google prepaid card, nor link any such card to Wallet on a phone. You can keep making purchases with the funds for another month, but then on October 17, those prepaid cards will disappear from Wallet altogether.
Even then, you’re money’s not gone, and you can request that any balance left on the card is refunded to you. Better hurry, though, because a $2 monthly charge will kick-in a month after your last transaction, so any money left on a prepaid card could quickly evaporate if you don’t get that refund requested promptly.