20
Jun
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It took Google how many years to start selling Google Play gift cards? When you look at it that way, it's not so bad gift cards are just now being expanded to Germany and France. Previously, the only supported regions were the USA and UK.

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Both new countries will have cards in €5, €25, and €50 denominations. The process to redeem cards is the same as it is in the US and UK – just go to play.google.com/redeem and put in the code. This expansion also lets folks in those countries add Google Play credit to their accounts from the Play Store. The account limit remains at 2000 of whatever money you use.

So that's four countries down. That's pretty much everyone, right?

[Google Play Support]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • mauric

    It would have been quite an achievement four years ago... I don't get google at this point, they are missing out on quite a lot of money by not supporting all countries.. i hardly know anyone around here who owns a credit card.

    • Thomas’

      Well, Germany has carrier billing for Telekom, Vodafon and O2 (plus some of their reseller) which already covers a lot customers.

      • Niclas

        Yeah a lot, but some apps can't be bought with carrier billing...

      • Leif Sikorski

        Not really. The problem (which is basically very great instead of a problem) is that in Germany we have not just the 4 major carriers, but also sub-carriers who resell by using the network of the major ones. They're offering the more attractive and cheaper pre-paid plans which are most popular here but don't offer the carrier billing.

        So yes, 3 of 4 of our major carriers support carrier billing but many people don't use them.

        This gift cards are a pretty big deal here because in Germany most people also associate something bad with credit cards.

        • Leandros99

          Credit cards in Germany are something special for the rich (seriously, I was told this from the director of my bank).

          • Sven

            They aren't. I own one and I'm not rich. There's even a free one without ANY cost and with a free account.

          • Andrejz Polanski

            Wich one is free?

            I'm looking for a German credit card, since Google is refusing to RMA my defective Nexus 4 with my current credit card...

          • Leif Sikorski

            Not just for the rich. We've even prepaid ccedit cards so even teens can get one without any risk. It's more that many germans think of something bad and risky when they hear the word credit.
            Sometimes we are a bit weird and oldschool here :) It can be pretty hard to convince some to get one.

          • Leandros99

            It's not my opinion, it's what me was told. It's written there :|

      • MoervYO

        you can buy apps over carrier billing, but not movies, music and books. Now we are able to get those media via play store in Germany.

    • ErBv

      its not like every other internet company already has these cards for years.. really, even start ups have them here in germany for a while now

    • Aniket Patni

      Absolutely Agree. I'm Indian, and I've tried and tried to purchase apps from the playstore, but I just can't. My debit card and credit card both don't work, because Indian cards have a two-step aunthetication policy that Google Wallet doesn't support. It's moronic on Google's part to not do something about this. Apple wrote to the Reserve Bank of India and now the iTunes store supports the two step verification to link your card. If not all of this, the least google can do is launch Gift cards, which we can physically purchase from anywhere, and top up our accounts.

      Seriously Google/Developers! I'm throwing money at you, figure out a way to take it.

  • RitishOemraw

    I am being surrounded by countries that get cool stuff before me :(
    Poor Netherlands
    still nice to see some expanding going on! :D

    • Hans Peter

      C'mon. You have legal Weed, better then anything else :P

      • Sam Hollis

        Isn't prostitution legal there too?

        • mauric

          I don't see how this is helping the discussion, but yes it is.

      • iamnotfan

        The best experience that NO technology can bring EVER.

        • RitishOemraw

          NO technology? Just wait a few years and you will see the US ban weed simulation devices :P

    • Niclas

      Yeah Hans Peter is right! Also I read about Netflix coming to the Netherlands ;) I'd trade gift cards for Netflix

      • RitishOemraw

        Well I'd trade netflix and giftcards for a the hardware playstore. (I want to order my nexus from Google itself...not some overpriced re-seller or ebay or some other indirect manner)

    • dimerk

      L E G A L W E E D, better than anything else

      • RitishOemraw

        You sure about that?
        Maybe the illegal kind is better...simply because it is illegal....you know what I am talking about
        (it's probably the reason that the rest of the world likes weed so much while most local people I know go 'meh' when talking about weed. When it's allowed it is less exciting xD)

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    ...still no Spain...well, piracy ftw for a while longer I guess

    • Huton Gergö

      It's logic until we don't get all the cool stuff play movie, play music, lay books, etc we wil pirate all what we cann so USA stop blaming us for piracy!!!

  • RockAndRock

    Yayy !! :))

  • Zomby2D

    And once more, Canada being their closest neighbour is still forgotten.

    • Tony Sarju

      We have them in Canada. I saw them at Target.

      • Zomby2D

        According to Google they're not available, however the US cards can now be redeemed here. I think the stores who carry them have US cards. Of course, none of the stores around here do but it's a start at least.

        • Mike Reid

          Hmmm,

          Target is new here in Canada, and considered to be from the US, so it seems to make some sense. They shipped their US cards here.

  • whargharbl

    As someone who lives 15 minutes from France and has been wanting these Google gift cards forever... god fucking damnit why can't I redeem these in my country.

    • Arr Bee

      I assume you are using euros at home.
      And you are saying you can't buy a card from France and redeem it online at home?

      What if you redeemed it from a French IP address, then accessed the credit from home... Does that work?

      I'm interested as I'm in the Eurozone and travelling to France later this year. I need to know if I can get a card while there and use it back home!!

      I noticed that Google FAQ mentions cross-currency usage of gift cards wont work but I saw no mention what would happen if the currency is the same...

      Maybe if you have a French giftcard, you could use a proxy to connect to the French play store to redeem it either...?

  • AdamFitton

    In Australia you can buy Facebook Gift Cards but not Google Play gift cards. That is pretty bad.

    • Sean Royce

      No one wants Facebook gift cards. That's just sad. It's ridiculous. It took Google ages to get Google Play Music here.

      • Zomby2D

        Consider yourself lucky, we still don't have music here.

        • Sean Royce

          Where do you live?

          • Zomby2D

            Canada. You'd think being their next door neighbor we'd have that a long time ago.

          • http://www.SalesproDomains.com/ Salespro Domains

            It doesn't matter how close we sit to the US...We will not get Google Music till the CRTC allows it. But they won't! Each Canadian should complain about the CRTC rules for the way media is distributed online to Canadians.

          • Zomby2D

            Considering there are many other distributors selling music online, how are they preventing Google to do the same? I'm genuinely curious about this.

          • Sean Royce

            Unlucky mate.

  • Jens Törnblad

    I don't get why Google is having so much trouble releasing stuff in other countries. US only for the most part and then some things for the biggest countries in Europe. I mean seriously, how hard can it be to release digital money gift cards in other countries? Almost all online companies offer these. Even very weird unknown online games have gift cards in local stores. Google with all their money and staff should be able to release evertything day one in almost all countries.

    • Anthony Garrett

      it has been discussed numerous times as a lot of reasons for media is licensing and your government/country laws. The US is an initial launch which google has stated so when its announced they've only worked the service and legal tape in America but I do wish the rest of the world could enjoy.

      • Mike Reid

        Yeah, there are legalities involved. Gift card expiration scams have resulted in laws in some places.

        But I don't think licensing (Music + Movies...) or banking (credit or payment card) laws are an issue.

  • yahyoh

    Damn u Google i don't have credit card and there is no Play store cards here so i'm stuck with cracked apps :(
    u better learn from Crapple how to support all counters with all Store features + Store cards