In a push to increase its accessibility, Google Play Gift Cards are now widely available via offline and online stores in India. The vouchers have so far been purchasable primarily through electronic transactions.
The move towards cash payments should prove to be more convenient in a country like India where many prefer paying ready money over other systems. The Google Play Gift Cards can presently be found at various physical retail stores such as Planet Mobile, Planet M, Vijay Sales, Sangeetha Mobiles and Spice Hotspot.
Consumers also have the option of buying the prepaid vouchers from Snapdeal. The e-commerce site is even offering to ship them through cash-on-delivery (COD). The Google gift cards are currently being sold in denominations of Rs 750, Rs 1000 and Rs 1500. There was a Rs 500 one available earlier, but the company has removed that choice for unknown reasons.
Google is presenting gift cards holders with various promotional offers during the introductory period. They’ll be able to acquire apps, movies, books and games at a discounted rate. For example, Prince of Persia and Fruit Ninja are currently selling for Rs 10. Films such as the Hangover Part III and The Great Gatsby are now vending at Rs 170.
The vouchers were first introduced in the US back in 2012 and only arrived in India in June 2015. In a bid to increase the popularity of apps among the masses, Google last month reduced the minimum cost of an application to Rs 10. The limit stood at Rs 50 earlier. It’s a sound direction for the tech giant to take, given the widespread popularity of Android devices and the cost-conscious mindset of the people here.
The Snapdeal page of the Google Play Gift Cards is now live and open for orders. Once purchased, they can be credited to an Android user’s account through the Redeem option in the app or through this link.