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Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of arguably the most important stock exchange in the world, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is introducing a new company, Bakkt. The idea is to weave bitcoin into 401(k)s, credit cards, and retail. The project is getting a lot of hype due in large measure to two very powerful backers: Microsoft and Starbucks. Is this the mainstreaming ecosystem enthusiasts have been urging?
NYSE Wants Bitcoin in 401(k)s, Credit Cards, Retail Stores
ICE’s digital assets head, turned CEO of the new project Bakkt, Kelly Loeffler, explained in a company blog, “Formed by Intercontinental Exchange — an operator of global exchanges, clearing houses, data and listings services — Bakkt will work with companies that include BCG, Starbucks, Microsoft and others, to create an open ecosystem that supports growing needs in the ~$ 270 billion digital asset marketplace.”
ICE quietly owns and operates two dozen regulated markets and exchanges, from the United States and Canada to Europe. It also holds clearing houses in the Netherlands, Singapore, greater Europe, the US, and Canada as well. It has revenues well in excess of $ 5.5 billion. It’s also the parent company for the NYSE, an exchange with great prestige among traditional finance: the NYSE is 226 years old, and is easily the globe’s biggest exchange by market cap, some $ 21.3 trillion as of last summer.
Ms. Loeffler told Fortune how for over a year ICE built Bakkt in secrecy. The company name is a twist on asset backed securities, Bakkt, which by design is to engender trust. And trust is everything in the legacy marketplace, but it has a decidedly different meaning in the cryptocurrency world. Trust on Wall Street usually means regulations, and lots of them.
Indeed, by late Fall this year, Bakkt hopes to have a fully federally regulated space for all things bitcoin. Fortune notes how “ICE aims to transform Bitcoin into a trusted global currency with broad usage.” That’s an interesting admission for enthusiasts wondering what Wall Street is ultimately up to with this enormous announcement and marketing/public relations campaign. Trust in the Bitcoin ecosystem is established through mathematics, voluntary adoption, by completely bypassing third party fragility, frictions, and gatekeepers for which legacy finance is famous.
Speculation and Coffee
“By combining regulated infrastructure with institutional and consumer applications,” Ms. Loeffler continues, “we’ll apply our track record of bringing transparency and trust to previously unregulated markets. In this way, we intend to play a key role in boosting institutional, merchant and consumer participation in digital assets.” Investment, also according to Fortune, includes Boston Consulting Group, Fortress Investment Group, Eagle Seven, and Susquehanna International Group in addition to better known brands Starbucks and Microsoft.
No doubt, ICE’s endorsement of Bitcoin lends a great deal of credence for other Wall Street investors to start exploring the cryptosphere. A futures market appears immediately in the works. Ms. Loeffler’s blog post details, “As an initial component of the Bakkt offering, Intercontinental Exchange’s U.S.-based futures exchange and clearing house plan to launch a 1-day physically delivered Bitcoin contract along with physical warehousing in November 2018, subject to CFTC review and approval. These regulated venues will establish new protocols for managing the specific security and settlement requirements of digital currencies. In addition, the clearing house plans to create a separate guarantee fund that will be funded by Bakkt.”
Fortune believes the bigger move Bakkt is proposing involves everyday retail ventures. “Using Bitcoin to streamline and disrupt the world of retail payments,” the magazine stressed, “by moving consumers from swiping credit cards to scanning their Bitcoin apps. The market opportunity is gigantic: Consumers worldwide are paying lofty credit card or online-shopping fees on $ 25 trillion a year in annual purchases.” Both Microsoft customers and Starbucks customers are very familiar with digital, smartphone related transactions. Transitioning over to bitcoin, with institutional blessing, should be a snap, ICE is assuming.
Starbucks’ Vice President of Partnerships and Payments, Maria Smith, was quoted in the press release, noting, “As the flagship retailer, Starbucks will play a pivotal role in developing practical, trusted, and regulated applications for consumers to convert their digital assets into U.S. dollars for use at Starbucks.” That also appears to fly directly in the face of Bitcoin’s ultimate point. To nearly everyone familiar with its power, bitcoin as a currency is an end in-and-of-itself, it is the value, and was meant to leave fiat — not to be simply a keen transfer mechanism to government paper. Nevertheless, Bakkt’s CEO, Ms. Loeffler, concludes, “We’re excited about the opportunity to help unlock the transformative potential of digital assets across global markets. Bakkt is preparing for launch in upcoming weeks, and we look forward to keeping you updated.”
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Recently, we covered some of the most popular debit cards used for crypto payments and we’d like to tell you more about the cryptocurrencies they support. Most of these cards are issued by well-known names in the space, but a new project is now offering you fast and cheap transactions with BCH – a feature that makes the use of crypto cards much more attractive.
Fuzex Chooses BCH as Base Currency
Let’s start with the news in the sector: Fuzex, a global cryptocurrency payment card project, has just announced it’s adding bitcoin cash (BCH) to its card. The decision comes after evaluating the strong features of the BCH network: fast transaction speeds and low fees. Fast, cheap and reliable payments is exactly what makes Bitcoin Cash popular with online merchants and payment processors. The Fuzex team is introducing BCH after signing a partnership agreement with Bitcoin.com. Bitcoin cash (BCH) is replacing bitcoin core (BTC) as the base currency on the Fuzex platform. The company explained:
By aiming to boost the applicability of cryptocurrencies in real transactions, BCH was naturally selected to be among the first cryptocurrencies supported on the Fuzex card. The fairly low BCH’s average withdrawal fee, combined with the fact that the cryptocurrency is currently one of the major coins, convinced us to support BCH and to replace BTC with BCH as a default cryptocurrency in the Fuzex card.
Fuzex notes that BCH addresses two major issues that can have a negative impact on Fuzex cardholders: high transaction fees and slow transfer times. “Given that, the team has considered that BCH would be a more appropriate default coin for Fuzex card at launch,” the company added.
The new card will also support the Fuzex token (FXT) and ethereum (ETH). FXT is the platform’s own token around which the payment ecosystem will be structured. It will offer users a new and convenient payment channel with low fees. It comes with increased daily usage limits and reduced ATM withdrawal fees. The third supported crypto, ethereum (ETH), has been chosen as it is one of the most frequently used cryptocurrencies that also has a lower combined network fee than BTC. Fuzex hopes to add other coins in the future compatible with its platform and philosophy.
The Fuzex card, which offers users the opportunity to check their balance in real-time, will be released in the third quarter of this year. The plastic is NFC payments enabled and comes with an EMV chip, barcode display, and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 30 days on a single charge. It can hold various type of cards – credit, debit, and prepaid – as well as store membership cards with QR code and barcode. The platform offers a Fuzex Wallet that can be installed on a mobile device and used to add and manage payment cards. It comes with some useful security features like 2FA and a tracking function for locating lost or stolen cards. The physical card can be acquired with FXT tokens, already available at Hitbtc, Cobinhood, Coss.io, and livecoin.net.
“Fuzex offers a cryptocurrency payment solution that provides a smarter way to pay. Our project aim is to make paying with cryptocurrency easier, faster and more convenient at any retail stores without changing any infrastructures,” Alex David, Overseas Business Development Manager at Fuzex, told news.Bitcoin.com. “With the advanced technology of the Fuzex card, cardholders can check the balance and exchange rate of their cryptocurrencies and select the cryptocurrency to be used for the payment through the e-paper display. Through the Fuzex card, we want to generalize the use of cryptocurrencies by making their use convenient in the real life,” Mr. David emphasized.
Wirex Adds XRP, Supports Deposits in 50 Coins
A popular choice for bitcoiners in Europe is the payment card offered by Wirex. The company was the first to reintroduce crypto debit cards on the Old Continent after they were suspended by Visa last year. Wirex started shipping its plastic cards to customers in the UK and Europe in May. The plastic cards come with a chip and support bitcoin core (BTC), litecoin (LTC) and instant currency exchange with GBP, USD, and EUR. The virtual Visas offer the opportunity to make deposits in over 50 digital coins through the Wirex wallet.
This month, Wirex announced it’s adding support for ripple (XRP). Customers can now buy, sell, exchange and deposit the altcoin using the Wirex wallet. That means they can also spend ripple both in stores and online. The company said it registered over $ 2 million worth of XRP deposited into the wallet which is connected to its Visa cards in just 12 hours. Wirex has also reported having 1.5 million users and announced a transaction volume of approximately $ 1.7 billion USD.
A nice feature of the Wirex cards is the Cryptoback rewards program. Under its terms, users earn back 0.5% of their transactions in bitcoin (BTC) any time they use the payment card in-store by swipe, chip and pin or tap and go. This crypto cashback is accrued in a separate Wirex wallet within the app and can be instantly redeemed for GBP, EUR or USD.
Spend Both BCH and BTC with Bitpay
Bitpay is a leading crypto debit card provider across the pond. Currently, it allows users to spend bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC). Although issued only to US residents, the Bitpay card is accepted online and by all Visa merchants and Visa compatible ATMs around the world.
Bitpay added bitcoin cash (BCH) support to its Checkout point-of-sale (POS) mobile app in April. This allowed retail stores using Bitpay to enable payments from clients to generate BCH payment codes on the spot using a phone or a tablet.
Other Popular Alternatives
Shift, branded as “The First U.S. Bitcoin Debit Card”, allows users to connect to their Coinbase accounts. Its availability depends on the availability of the services offered by the US-based crypto exchange, which currently includes 32 countries. Shift offers a Visa card which works everywhere Visas are accepted, offline, online, and internationally. It allows for cash withdrawals at ATMs as well. Coinbase currently supports bitcoin core (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), litecoin (LTC), and ethereum (ETH), with plans to introduce support for ethereum classic (ETC). Recently, the trading platform announced it is “exploring the addition of several new assets”: cardano (ADA), basic attention token (BAT), stellar lumens (XLM), zcash (ZEC), and 0x (ZRX).
The prepaid Cryptopay card is available for free worldwide delivery and comes in both plastic with chip and pin and virtual variants. The platform accepts bitcoin core (BTC) along with several fiat options – British pounds, US dollars, euros, and offers a BTC wallet. The card should be accepted anywhere major cards are, and it works online, offline and internationally.
Revolut offers another option for residents of the European Economic Area and Switzerland. The digital bank works with a number of crypto exchanges and initially offered support for BTC, ETH and LTC through its prepaid debit card. In May, the UK-based company added bitcoin cash (BCH) and ripple (XRP) providing a simple explanation for the decision – their popularity with the Revolut community.
Which debit card do you use and what cryptocurrency do you prefer to spend? Tell us in the comments section below.
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Global cryptocurrency payment card project FuzeX revealed today (23rd) that they signed a partnership with Bitcoin.com, thereby adding Bitcoin Cash to the FuzeX card.
FuzeX official stated that “Considering the issues of transaction speed and fee, we decided that Bitcoin Core did not fit the philosophy of FuzeX. So we decided to drop BTC and replace it with Bitcoin Cash, which has a much faster transaction speed and a cheaper transaction fee.”
Bitcoin Cash, which came into the world last August, was created to solve the scaling problem of the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Bitcoin Cash is now widely regarded as the go-to cryptocurrency in terms of real life usage, as it provides a fast, cheap and reliable method of payment.
Roger Ver, CEO of Bitcoin.com said “We are happy that this partnership will help Bitcoin Cash lovers all around the world use BCH as an everyday currency. Bitcoin Core, which is more expensive, slower and less reliable is thus unusable in the FuzeX payment system. It will be dropped and replaced by BCH as the base currency on the platform. Furthermore, we are going to cooperate with FuzeX in an effort to continue coming up with win-win situations for all users.
BrilliantTS CEO and FuzeX project leader Jae-Hoon Bae said “We are happy to announce the partnership. With the help of Bitcoin.com, we will be able to provide a useful and pragmatic payment service. We are going to work with Bitcoin.com to bring about interesting projects that can help cryptocurrencies be used in the real world.”
FuzeX is the first company in the world to provide a physical crypto-payment card on which the users can check their balance in real-time. Their card will be released this Q3 and be purchasable via FuzeX’s token ‘FXT’. FXT is currently purchasable at HitBTC, Corbinhood, Coss.io, and livecoin.net.
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Mass, mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies might take a route few original cadres of developers and enthusiasts imagined — major payment processing, plastic debit cards. They’re incredibly handy for those wishing to use crypto while merchant adoption works itself out. Here are five such cards to consider: Wirex, Bitpay, Cryptopay, Xapo, and Shift.
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5 Crypto Debit Cards Worth Checking Out
Significant strains of the broader crypto community (strident veterans of an ideological bent) chafe at cryptocurrency debit cards. They do in large part because such cards are in bed with sworn enemies, legacy banking: Visa, Mastercard. Indeed, it is the height of irony the very institutions crypto was designed to thwart are arguably crypto’s most popular onboarding forms.
Wirex: A well known company, Wirex has a solid customer base. Along with virtual products, it offers a pin card. It also is notorious for fees, and they add up. And while no company is ever guaranteed to stay solvent, something to consider is shelf life (they tend to come and go). Wirex seems well poised for the longer term: Spring of last year it received confidence funding in the low millions from SBI Group, a prominent Japanese financial player. It has nearly one million customers spread out through most countries, with about a billion dollars in transaction volume last year. This year they’ve added litecoin, and they basically pioneered contactless debit cards in the space. The regular fees are pretty similar to other cards, hovering around 3% for international transactions, $ 2.50 for withdrawals, $ 17 to purchase a physical card.
For most everyone else, crypto’s slow merchant adoption is a giant pain in the ass. No matter how much one loves crypto and its potential, people need food, clothing, tchotkes. And, no, the fact your brother has a hat store, or the fact that random pizza parlor down the street accepts crypto, are not immediate solutions. A person can only have so many hats and eat so much of your brother’s greasy pizza.
Bitpay: Another well regarded provider is Bitpay. Its card is accepted the globe over, though it’s only available to US residents. No chip and pin, so verification is needed. Simple KYC, AML identification is mando, so all one needs is a government issued ID, street address, and Social Security number. The card is available in all US states. It’s loaded through a separate wallet client, prepaid. They use Visa, and for around 10 bucks USD a physical card will be sent along. Outside the US, a 3% fee is placed on all currency conversions (along with $ 3 for any outside the US withdrawals). Withdrawals in the US vary from bank to bank in terms of fees. Using it is a snap, very convenient. Withdrawal limits are generous.
Crypto debit cards, then, are a splitting the baby, kissing your sister kind of way to advance money’s future while still being able to enjoy life’s material pleasures. Done right, crypto debit schemes go anywhere major payment providers, such as Visa and Mastercard, are accepted. At the very least, they’re a nice hedge.
Cryptopay: Like Wirex, they offer virtual and physical cards. It is available around the globe. It can also be a little fee laden with load fees and maintenance fees, etc. It’s, of course, a Bitcoin debit card. Its selling feature is lack of personal verification. They might require more if limits are increased, however, above a couple thousand dollars. The card is right around $ 15, withdrawals are $ 2.5, and they charge 3% on international transactions.
Scouring the known crypto debit world, those presented are by no means exhaustive. Such cards are designed to help anyone inclined to get started. There are many others, as the market sees them popping up all the time. If these don’t live up to your standards, there are, again, plenty others.
Xapo: Xapo is most everywhere, and has a solid reputation among enthusiasts. It too was an earlier mover in the space. No chip and pin standard, though it’s offered. The cost of the card is roughly $ 20, and it carries an annual fee. Like most other cards, so long as users stay under about $ 2,500 in withdrawal limits, fees are relatively tame.
Shift: Easily connects to your Coinbase account, relatively low fees. Available only in 45 states around the US, Coinbase is limited to certain countries as well. Shift position themselves as “the first US Bitcoin debit card”. The card costs a reasonable $ 10 to produce and has no ongoing fees. There is of course the standard 3% international transaction fee and $ 2.5 flat ATM withdrawal fee.
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If you hate unsolicited sales pitches, your next flight on United Airlines might be a bit irksome.
The Chicago-based airline is requiring its flight attendants beginning Sept. 1 to pitch passengers on every domestic and international flight to sign up for a co-branded credit card to boost revenue.
Featured in today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief are a service that allows inheritance of crypto assets and a new stablecoin launched in Taiwan. Also in our daily roundup, crypto terminals have been installed by a restaurant chain in Hong Kong, and a company now offers bitcoin gift cards for easier access to the crypto space.
Startup Offers Crypto-Inheritance Service
A new platform supporting a crypto-inheritance service has been launched by a Latvian startup. The idea was born when cofounder Normunds Kvilis experienced health issues while on a business trip. “It occurred to me then that there was no provision for my own crypto assets, should something serious happen to me,” Kvilis said, quoted by the ICO examiner. “That was essentially where Digipulse came from – I realized there was simply no service on the market for this kind of thing,” he explained.
Digipulse uses a blockchain-based vault allowing its users to upload data that is then stored securely for as long as the platform observes online activity from the account holder. In case no activity is observed over a period of time, the platform sends an automated message to a specified recipient with details on how to access the vault’s contents.
According to Kvilis, the business model extends beyond inheritance, incorporating any situation which requires the automated transmission of assets or other information, like documents, passwords and cryptocurrency wallet keys, in accordance with certain pre-set criteria. The platform, which conducted its ICO in October last year, is currently available both as an app and a web-based solution.
Quoted by LSM, Digipulse Head of Business Development, Jānis Zaltāns, added: “We see an increasing trend amongst tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter towards developing tools for managing their inactive accounts. However, each service can only operate within their own platforms. Digipulse’s B2B ‘Pulse Network’ aims to provide a unified service for enterprises and user bases of all sizes.”
New Stablecoin Pegged to the Taiwanese Dollar
A new digital currency, another so-called stablecoin, has been introduced by a company that operates one of the major payment processors in Taiwan. Green World Fintech Services says the crypto is pegged to the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD). The coin has been created using the Ethereum network and is called Taiwan Digital Token (TWDT).
Local media reported that the value of the ERC20 token will be calculated according to the NTD market. Green World claims to have patented a dollar-to-token process that is supposed to protect the TWDT from fraud and money laundering risks.
The project will be realized in cooperation with some established Taiwanese banks. The crypto accounts of TWDT users will be tied to “trusted bank accounts” in order to verify personal data before transactions are permitted.
After the launch, the Green World plans to offer the tokens online and through terminals located in some retail stores. The company hopes that the NTD peg will increase confidence in TWDT among Taiwanese users who seem to be the main target group of the stablecoin.
Hong Kong Restaurants Install Crypto Payment Terminals
A chain of organic food restaurants and other associated businesses in Hong Kong now accepts cryptocurrency. The service has been introduced through a partnership between the conglomeration, FAMA Group, and Pundi X, a company that produces and installs point-of-sale devices supporting crypto payments.
The Pundi X terminals accept a number of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), and the company’s own token, NPXS. They are also capable of processing transactions from other cryptocurrency wallets through a QR code scan. Once a payment is accepted, customers are also issued a paper receipt.
According to Pundi X CEO, Zac Cheah, 25,000 crypto terminals have been ordered already by businesses in Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland in the last six months. The company hopes to supply at least 100,000 Pundi XPOS units globally within the next three years.
Bitcoin Gift Cards to Improve Access to the Crypto Space
Used by individuals who don’t have direct access to the banking system for various reasons, including legal status or age, traditional gift cards have been offering their holders the opportunity to purchase products and services without a bank account or a credit card. Applied in the crypto space, gift cards can significantly improve access to cryptocurrencies and crypto payments.
A startup is now working to do exactly that. Kaiusb offers a hardware-software USB wallet which holds an amount of bitcoin (BTC) or ethereum (ETH) determined at the time of order. The product, KUSB, is currently available online, but the team plans to start selling it at a number of physical stores and through other online retailers by the end of this year.
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When Netflix was on the verge on impeaching “House of Cards” amid the Kevin Spacey scandal last year, it was the new president who rallied the base to save it.
As the exchange rates for all cryptocurrencies declined this year, so did the attraction of GPU mining using graphics cards. As a result, the prices of cards that can be used for both gaming and mining have been cut drastically and leveled off, bringing them back into more affordable territory.
Gone are the days of graphics cards being snatched up in bulk at premium prices far higher than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. The cost of a new card is now tens of percentages lower than they were at their peak just a few months go, and some can even be found at below the listed price.
Looking at the real-time average price charts for representative dual-use cards on trackers like pcpartpicker, we can see that the spikes of the beginning of the year have been almost completely eroded, and prices are now very close to their levels before the craze. For example, the average price of Geforce GTX 1070 Ti went from around $ 900 at its height to just about $ 550 today. And if you go looking for bargains you can even find some cards that have dropped by over 50%.
Manufacturers’ Fears Materialized
While gamers might enjoy seeing miners finally stopping to crowd them out of the market, this must look totally different for GPU manufacturers and their shareholders. Although the major companies repeatedly tried to reassure their traditional gaming customers that they remain their main focus, even going as far as asking retailers to limit the number of graphics cards they sell to miners, hardware manufacturers were riding high on the crypto wave.
According to an analysts report, the top three producers of GPUs (AMD, Nvidia and Intel) have sold more than 3 million graphics cards to cryptocurrency miners in 2017, with revenues reaching $ 776 million. This is a significant share of their business, and it now appears that they were right to fear that decreasing demand from miners can affect sales this year. Their next quarterly results reports will probably shed more light on the impact.
Are GPU miners selling all the cards they bought at the peak or just not buying new ones? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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The Tel Aviv District Court has received today an indictment against Halmi Git, a 33-year-old from the Palestinian city of Hebron, for a wide-ranging affair involving the management of forums for the sharing and sale of stolen credit card details. His forums have allegedly involved about 1,300,000 users from around the world, leading to massive fraud.
Stealing Even From the Moon
According to the indictment, the defendant established the forums in 2008 and managed them until his arrest at the beginning of the month. The entrance to the forums was free of charge, but users could purchase a VIP status to receive stolen details of “fresh” credit cards, which are more likely to be still working. Additionally he published manuals and guides that provided information and tools on how to commit various computer offenses, remotely hacking computers and taking over remote computers or servers.
Halmi also allegedly committed crimes of fraud against users of his own forums. The defendant would offer selling cell phones at discounted prices, but once a user transferred him money he would block the user from the site and take his money without providing compensation. He would then publish a message, supposedly in the name of the deceived user, in which he thanked the defendant for providing the cheap mobile phone.
Apparently trying to convince investigators his actions were not motivated by specific malice towards Israelis, many of which were his alleged victims, Halmi is quoted as saying: “We are thieves, from wherever we can take money, we will take it – it does not matter where, from Israel, the US or even the moon, we will reach it and use it.”
1,071 BTC Seized
According to the indictment, the defendant demanded that all payments to him be made through Bitcoin, to make it more difficult to locate him. In addition, Halmi acted consistently to disguise his identity by technological means, made many money transfers between different Bitcoin wallets for the purpose of covering his tracks, used online masking services to distance himself from his various accounts, and recorded parts of his property in the name of his relatives.
The Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office attributes to the defendant money laundering of at least 1,071 BTC, estimated at NIS 31,000,000. During the interrogation, in a precedent-setting move, the defendant’s Bitcoin wallet was seized and the amount found in it was transferred to a police wallet. The State Prosecutor’s Office intends to confiscate all the contents of the defendant’s Bitcoin wallets, if and when he is convicted. The case was investigated by investigators of the Israeli national cyber unit at Lahav 433.
The offenses with which Halmi is charged are: credit card fraud under aggravated circumstances (multiple offenses), receiving a thing fraudulently under aggravated circumstances, providing means for committing a crime, violating the Computers Law and money laundering.
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Last month we re-opened our Bitcoin.com Store after some construction and a bit of hiatus. After a month of operation we’ve added even more to the store with hardware wallets, new t-shirts, Cryptomatic watches, and now we’re even selling Amazon gift cards.
Crypto-Infused Products for Both Veterans and Noobs
If you are tired of hodling your cryptocurrencies and want to spend bitcoin cash on some cool swag, then the Bitcoin.com Store is the place for you. Over the past few weeks, we’ve added a slew of new goods that will make any digital currency enthusiast happy. Whether you are a noob or a crypto-veteran we got products for everyone like t-shirts for the ladies and men, hoodies, and snapback hats. Or if you’re looking for a touch more swagger, then we also have a wide variety of stylish Cryptomatic watches.
Arrive at the Party in Style With a Cryptomatic Watch
Our assortment of Cryptomatic watches is a vast collection of colors, styles, and different wrist straps. For instance, the ‘Hodler Rose Gold’ watch with chocolate leather strap has a beautiful 42-mm open case, displaying the hour indexes in binary and decimal digits. The watch also features a numbered disc indicating the minutes through an aperture on the right side of the dial, under its large sapphire crystal opening. The signature seconds-hand incorporates the Bitcoin symbol to complete the design.
Keep Those Coins Secure With a Keepkey
Now if you really want to ‘Hodl’ your coins then a hardware wallet is the best way to keep your cryptocurrencies safe from hacks or theft. At the Bitcoin.com Store, we sell top quality hardware wallets manufactured by Keepkey, a subsidiary of the popular peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange Shapeshift. The Keepkey wallet has been around for quite some time and it supports cryptocurrencies like bitcoin cash (BCH), litecoin (LTC), dash, ethereum (ETH), and more. The Bitcoin.com store wants you to keep your digital assets secure with this industry-leading hardware wallet.
$ 10-500 Amazon Gift Cards for Sale
Lastly, the mother of all new products is our new line of Amazon gift cards. Yes, you read that correctly, you can now purchase Amazon gift cards in denominations of $ 10-500 with bitcoin cash. With an Amazon gift card, you can choose from millions of items and buy the hottest goods on the planet.
In order to purchase an Amazon gift card simply choose how much you want to buy and go through the checkout process as normal. A verification email will be sent to you immediately and after the funds’ process, another email with the gift card code attached is sent to your email. With some bitcoin cash and a few Amazon gift cards, soon enough you’ll be the coolest cat on the block thanks to Satoshi’s blockchain technology.
Hodling is not easy, and sometimes you just want to spend some of those satoshis on something unique that shows off your cryptocurrency passion and spirit. The Bitcoin.com Store has all that and more, and we plan on continuing to bring the best crypto-infused goods to our customers on a daily basis.
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