The mystical unicorn that are the Google Play Store gift cards have been outed by the search giant itself. Apparently some astute reader out there stumbled upon a support page (which has since been pulled down) through search that confirmed the existence of the gift cards. The page showed the gift cards being available for the US-only at launch and will come in $10, $15, $25, and $50 increments.
Other noteworthy tidbits included users having a $2000 limit on their Google Play balance, which cannot be used on subscriptions or devices. This sucks because it would mean that the gift cards would only be good for content purchases like for books, apps, music, and movies only. Anyway, the folks over at Android Police were able to piece together excerpts from the currently unavailable page, which explains how the cards will operate. The site was able to scrape up the screenshot below along with the following details:
Google Play gift cards are available in the United States in the amounts of $10, $15, $25, $50. To find a retailer near you, visit play.google.com/about/giftcards. Any gift cards you redeem will appear on your account as part of your Google Play balance. Note that the Google Play balance has a $2000 limit.
How to redeem. You can redeem your Google Play gift card four ways: At play.google.com/redeem
On the back of your Google Play gift card, SCRATCH TO REVEAL CODE. Visit play.google.com/redeem and enter the redemption code found under the scratch-off section. Once you’ve entered a valid redemption code, the value of the card will be automatically applied to your Google Play balance, which will appear as a payment method when you go through the purchase flow on Google Play.
While making a purchase on the Google Play website (play.google.com)
Ensure you’re signed in to your Google account, and select an item to purchase*.
*Note that Google Play gift cards may not be used to purchase subscriptions or items from the Devices section, including accessories (chargers, covers, etc.).
While making a purchase using the Google Play Store app on your device. Open the Google Play Store app on your device, and navigate to the content you’d like to buy; Tap on the item to see the details page; Tap the blue box that lists the item’s price; Tap the gray drop-down arrow to see a list of payment options; Select Redeem; On the back of
[via Android Police]