24
Mar
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Our Austrian friends might be in for a surprise the next time they stroll into a local retailer. Google Play gift cards are now live in Austria with no official announcement. The Google support page hasn't even been updated to list Austria yet. That's cool and all, but how about a little heads up next time, Google?

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The cards are showing up in 15€, 25€, and 50€ denominations. Our tipster has successfully purchased one in Spar, an Austrian supermarket. Others are also reporting coming across Google Play gift cards in the wild. If they're not in your corner of Austria, it shouldn't be long.

Google recently rolled out services like music and movies to more countries, so an expansion of gift cards would make sense. Maybe the cards are filtering out to more places at this very moment.

[Thanks, +Sascha Brunner]

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.

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  • Martin

    Finally. How long did we wait? 1 year?!

  • Guillaume

    Sorry austrian peolple but I didn't realize it said Austria and not Australia til the end of the news

  • Tomáš Petrík

    A question:
    I live nearby Austria (it is actually closer than the center of the city I live in). If I go there get some gift cards, can I redeem and use the credit in my country, where these gift cards are not launched?

    • Tiemen Tuinstra

      If you have the play store in Euro's then you can use these.

      • Tomáš Petrík

        I do, we use the same currency (we are in the Eurozone).
        Thanks

        • Sascha Brunner

          Actually it says on the back of the card that you are only allowed to redeem these cards in Austria.

          • Tomáš Petrík

            One thing is what you are officially allowed to do and another is how it actually works.
            Does it just say in Austria, or on a device registered with an Austrian account? Because if they want, I can redeem the card while still in Austria, before going back home from the store.

          • Sascha Brunner

            Your Google Wallet home country has to be Austria. Keep in mind that you can't change your home country as long as you have credit remaining.

          • Tomáš Petrík

            Oh... okay.

  • Derek

    It's out in HK too :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We covered the HK rollout extensively already.

  • Gobbles

    Finally! This together with devices being able to purchase for myself (and not having to ask my cousin living in Germany), is a dream come true for me. Now the wait for the Nexus 6 begins.

  • Peter Bognar

    Oh god, that's just the neighbouring country. So close yet so far...

    • Carla Adam

      thanks Sasha for spoiling the surprise

  • austrian rabbit

    heads up?
    no, that was supposed to be an easter egg. thanks Sasha for spoiling the surprise

  • Andrew Vrba

    Quietly, as opposed to someone on a street corner, SCREAMING about them. Quite honestly, that is the ONLY way I will buy auto insurance.

  • Mandeep Singh

    Well they have launched it in austria and not in india what a shame man
    Buch up google

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