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Google will launch Play Store gift cards in the UK pretty soon, perfect for children

Young people own phones and tablets these days, but not credit cards, so they can't buy apps. That's why gift cards exist, and they're soon going to come to the UK.
March 3, 2013

Once upon a time, not that long ago actually, you had to be an adult with a fairly decent job in order to own a smartphone. Today, thanks to budget devices and operator subsidies, damn near anyone can own the latest and greatest device from HTC, Samsung, or even Apple. This means that younger folks are getting into smartphones as well, but there’s a small issue with that. Young people don’t have credit cards, and because they don’t have credit cards, that means they can’t buy apps.

Apple figured out how to solve this ages ago with the introduction of iTunes giftcards. Now pretty much any major online service has figured out a way to sell gift cards at retail outlets such as 7-11. Google is taking their sweet time to get Play Store gift cards into people’s hands though. They exist in the good ol’ US of A, but not anywhere else.

That’s soon going to change according to a Google Play Store support page that references UK Play Store gift cards. They’ll be available in the same denominations as the US Play Store cards (10, 25, and 50 GBP), but sadly we don’t have a precise launch date to share with you at this moment.

And what about other countries? Keep waiting. Suckers.