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Gift cards are coming to Windows Phone later this year

Windows Phone Gift Card

Like a lot of you, we’ve been yearning for Microsoft to come up with a gift card solution for Windows Phone. Sunny skies ahead. Looks like Microsoft is finally gearing up to drop the Points system on Xbox and replace it with gift cards and cash.

We first reported on the rumor of Microsoft dropping their Points system back in early 2012. The Microsoft Points system has always received its fair share of criticism from users. Now The Verge reports that Microsoft is dropping the Points system with a new one.

The new system will work across a variety of Microsoft properties and platforms, like the Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, and Xbox Marketplace. This new system will also include gift cards, similar to those available for the iOS and Android ecosystems. Debit and credit cards will still be supported for purchases.

Moving towards a system based on cash instead of Point should make it easier for consumers to know how much they are spending on an app or game. We might get more info about this new system at E3. We’ll be there to bring you any info.

Anyone else looking forward to gift cards on Windows Phone and knowing exactly how much that Xbox Live game costs?

Source/Image: The Verge

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It all sounds same to me. I hope it doesn't disappoint like Xbox Music.

WPmunkey says:

But that's the whole thing, it's not the same. I have been using actively MS Points for years but I can't tell you off the top of my head what $1 is in points.... 80 points? 90 maybe? One of the big arguments against the point system is that 100 points does not equal $1.00 and it gets quite confusing figuring out what things cost and how much money you have (done on purpose?). The other huuuugeee problem is I can't use my MS Points I have on my Xbox 360 for anything in the WP Store. Why? These are the changes MS needed to make yesterday to compete against Google and Apple. I am an MS supporter all the way but a unified MS economy is the first step in unifying the entire MS ecosystem. MS may be behind in the mobile market but I feel we can win there by integrating it with the very successful Xbox and Windows platforms.

xpxp2002 says:

80. It has always been 80.

WPmunkey says:

Smh. Facepalm. Etc. Who cares?

Talbot690 says:

Everyone hates windows music but I really don't know why I used it like all day can't seem to find a problem.. I'm not trying to say everyone's wrong and it is good in just saying works for me

Simon Tupper says:

There isn't a problem, but it misses a lot of features offered in iTunes.

carlosrdd says:

So what will happen to all my Bing points?

AriesDog says:

Bing Rewards is a whole different system. You'll still be able to accrue them presumably to buy these cards too.

Hopefully they turn into a gift card?

WPmunkey says:

AriesDog is right. This change has nothing to do with Bing Rewards.

Dagolara says:

I'm going to miss MS Points, mostly because if you shopped around you could get them under face value as well as free from Bing Rewards. 

AriesDog says:

ITunes cards get sold at discount at retail stores too. Deals should continue.

DavidinCT says:

+1... Always shop for a deal when looking at a game from the marketplace..

Racxie says:

^^^ This. I love MSP because you can usually end up getting things for cheaper than they're worth because you can usually get points at a discount.

AnuragJais says:

Great. Good initiative.

mango.lover says:

I had a customer come in to the store the other day asking about something like this. They had just bought some RT devices for their children and wanted to purchase games but didn't want their credit card saved on the Windows Store.

theefman says:

They could just set the store to require a password for all purchases.

Daniel_H_UK says:

Super now all we need is pre paid Xbox music cards on the UK then im happy

BIGBENWPFTW says:

there is already pre paid xbox music cards in the uk. i saw it in my local game store

Daniel_H_UK says:

Really? Awesome my Local Game Store doesnt have them yet but ill keep an eye out now thanks :)

erzhik says:

What am I going to buy on Black Friday now?

joe_easton says:

Its the right move!

sqlchicken says:

About frakkin time

kenzibit says:

I see. I have to finish all my Microsoft points before they switch and what then happens to Xbox Live rewards, arcade games and MSPs awarded when Gold memberships are renewed...etc? Will miss it.

Rockartisten says:

Your MS points will most likely be turned into whatever currency your nation has and you will be able to shop with those instead.

DavidinCT says:

It never bothered me, I just kind of knew how many points = how much $$.
 
Just wished they worked together with Windows Phone but, once they change everthing over, it will be fine.

MAkhdar says:

This information is from a survey Microsoft had and I don't think they will be happy knowing someone violated their terms by leaking this.

izzykahn says:

Wow! Microsoft gets gift cards before they become mainstream. They will prolly get them before android got theirs. Btw, when will we be able to buy movies and tv shows on our WPs like IOS and android user can on their phones?

yellowmage says:

There already are Google Play gift cards. They've been around for about a couple months here, and longer in America.

izzykahn says:

I know. I may have arranged my sentence wrong lol. Android got gift cards when they became a popular platform. WP's getting them and they're not mainstream...yet. Lol

ricardios says:

All for it. Can now pay cash for apps via gift card

Oxymoron428 says:

Sooooo glad to know these cards are finally on the way!

Good idea and it better be global and covering all WP8 markets within a year.

Now I guess what would be interesting is to know if this will work with the online Store. That would make them a stone cold winner. I feel this is the right way to go but I hope the Xbox rewards thing doesn't get messed up by this. ;)

yeaaahaaa ... oh man i've been waiting for this so long and i don't understand why MS didn't do that earlier.

yellowmage says:

'Bout damn time! Hopefully, they'll have some Xbox-branded cards too for game stores. Of course, they'll be functionally interchangeable with the Windows-bramded variety, but it might be kinda weird seeing Windows cards in a store that mainly/only sells gaming stuff.

Agent-P says:

But if that internet tax ends up becoming a thing, I could see Microsoft moving back to a points system so that users have an option to avoid it.

evilrobot says:

I wonder if they will ever allow a direct gift purchase of an app for someone else like iOS.

wpguy says:

Looking forward to it, so I can finally gift family members with games and apps. Especially good that this will be for all platforms.

Ive been looking to buy some apps but mostly xbox live games with some of those xbox live point cards. Shouldnt i be able to add those to my microsoft xbox account then use those points to buy games from the window phone store on my phone? 

pedenske says:

Only problem I have with actual currency instead of points is that now everything will be subject to taxes.

AndyD33 says:

This x1000!

Raylz says:

I like the change but imma miss ms points on Xbox live on 360

Raylz says:

Now it will be like Nintendo tax on their gift cards

sumton says:

this great news

CamiKitti says:

FINALLY. I've been waiting for over 2 years.

almdudler26 says:

All we need now is a unified store for W8 and WP8 and I'll be happy

sip1995 says:

It will be nice....if I can use the gift card for Nokia music

kittananj says:

Hey Sam, the source's link is wrong!

nwildcat says:

Thank goodness. Been waiting on this news forever since I got my phone in December. I actually don't buy any paid apps because I don't want to link my credit or debit cards with my account at all. I was going to break down and buy a Visa gift card that uses an address but this great, makes life so much simpler.

JKOgden says:

Great, this will be handy to use between my Xbox and Phone.