Here’s my first hand experience with Google Wallet.
First, for those who doesn’t know what Google Wallet is…
Google Wallet is a virtual wallet that securely stores your credit and debit cards, offers, and rewards cards. You can tap your phone to pay in-store using Google Wallet anywhere contactless payments are accepted. You can pay online by signing into your Google Wallet account..
Formerly known as Google Checkout, its like Paypal but Google is marketing the wallet as a “ mobile payment system” so that it wont look like Paypal. You can download the App on your NFC enabled phone and tap it on a reader to make a transaction.
So I tried it out for online payment. I wanted to buy an app on the Google Play store – Asphalt 7: Heat from Gameloft (just $1). A window popped-up and I clicked continue. I don’t have a wallet account yet so I signed up for one. However, I had a problem with the Postal Code.
I tried other postal codes but it looks like it doesn’t accept 4 digit postal codes. I searched for “Google Wallet Postal code format Philippines” online, but I didn’t find an answer. Good thing I clicked on one of the search results and it took me to the old Google Checkout signup page: https://checkout.google.com/buyerSignup
Here, I filled out the Postal code section first to check if it will accept a Philippine postal code… and it did. I completed creating my Google Wallet account – connected my Mastercard (you can also add VISA or debit card). Setting up a Google Wallet account should have been fast and easy if not only for the Postal Code issue.
Then I went back to the Google Play Store and paid for the app.