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Google introduces business credit card to the UK

Google has quietly launched its first credit card, one which is aimed at businesses that regularly buy adverts on Google’s AdWords solution. The card, named Google AdWords Business Credit Card, comes with £60,000 per month and an APR of 11.9 per cent.

The service, which was launched in the US last year (opens in new tab), is unlikely to be made available to consumers anytime soon. Indeed, the likelihood of your smartphone replacing your plastic cards is much higher, given the growing importance of NFC and touch technologies.

Google already has a well-oiled financial service called Google Wallet (opens in new tab) (formerly known as Google Checkout), which is used by numerous online retailers (like Ebuyer or Kiddicare) and is also present on Android-based smartphones.

(opens in new tab)The search giant has also recently started to dabble more in financial services by offering comparison services for a number of high profile segments like current accounts, credit cards, loans and car insurance (opens in new tab).

It is not known whether, like Apple, Google is using its own massive cash chest to finance this credit card or if it is instead relying on third parties like AMEX or MasterCard.

Source: CNET (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.