The Coinbase card is looking to make cryptocurrencies easier to pay with.
Over a long time, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Ethereum, and Ripple’s XRP have been criticized that they are hard to use and spend in the real world compared to fiat currency.
Last week, the price of Bitcoin surged to $5,000, but due to its volatility and instability, BTC is still not considered the best means of payment. Bitcoin is thus considered to be a store of value just like gold instead of being an exchange currency.
However, these perceptions are about to change following the teaming up of Bitcoin and Coinbase with Visa. The aim of the collaboration is to try and change the criticism surrounding cryptocurrency with the launch of the Coinbase Card that will allow users to spend cryptocurrency effortlessly like traditional fiat currency in the bank.
Coinbase Card Could Be Used to Spend Bitcoin
Coinbase’s Visa debit card can be used with Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Ripple’s XRP in various locations across the globe. When the card is used, it converts Bitcoin to fiat currency, and the store or merchant receives the pay in fiat currency.
Using the new app, users will be able to choose their preferred cryptocurrency on the card. The card has the capability of backing all crypto assess available on the Coinbase platform. Users will be able to monitor their spending as the new app is able to produce receipts, spending and transaction details.
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“This is the first debit card to link directly with a major cryptocurrency exchange, allowing people to spend their crypto balances direct from their Coinbase account,” Coinbase said in a statement, announcing the launch of the card. “Previously available crypto cards required users to pre-load a specified amount of crypto onto their card, adding a point of friction to the process.”
The card is available in the UK, and Coinbase plans to launch it in other countries across Europe. The service will not be available for users outside of Europe. However, US Coinbase users will get to spend Bitcoin from their accounts through Apto payments, which is providing Coinbase with the technology.
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