There are tons of amazing things available in the Google play store – apps, games, music, movies, books, and magazines. Some services are free while some are paid, but it is safe to say that there is something for everyone.
While it is easy to download something that is free, for paid content you have to submit your banking details first. Currently Google play accepts payments from debit card, credit card, Paypal (in some countries), and redeemable codes. No matter where you are, Debit and credit cards are a way to pay for the content. Google play gift cards are also becoming popular now and are available in almost all countries.
It is highly likely that you may not be willing to share your card details with Google (doing so is super safe though), it is a common problem with a lot of people. Another common problem is that you don’t have a debit or credit card or Google play is not accepting your card. Google play gift cards are godsend in such situations.
Google play gift cards are like prepaid vouchers. You can buy them from local stores or from some e-commerce websites. These cards come with a code which you can redeem via your Google account and the said amount of credit will be added in your Google play account. These cards come with different denominations. In India, Google is offering them in Rs. 750 ($11), Rs. 1,000 ($15) and Rs. 1,500 ($22) denominations. These cards can be used to buy anything from Google play store (along with In-App Purchases) and you don’t have to share you banking details too.
Google play gift cards were introduced by Google in the U.S.A. back in 2012, and have since been rolling out slowly across the world. In India, you can buy these cards at select stores of Vijay Sales and Spice Hotspot in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata & Jaipur. They are also available via Amazon and Snapdeal (the latter offers COD while the former does not).
Google play gift cards are easy to use and you can redeem them whenever you want. These cards don’t come with an expiration date.
So, what are your thoughts on these prepaid vouchers or Google play gift cards? I clearly feel that such payment options are quite necessary, especially in a country like India, where debit cards of some banks (SBI) are not accepted in the Google play store.