Coinbase has decided to prove
that cryptocurrencies can be as easy to spend as regular fiat money by issuing
a Visa card that coverts digital coins to fiat when paying for goods
After the Bitcoin rate surged last week to get over $5,200 per BTC, many keep calling Bitcoin too shaky to be relied on as a regular form of payment. Most crypto enthusiasts keep using BTC as a store of value, ‘hodling’ it, like they do with gold instead of just paying for things with it.
Coinbase brings Bitcoin
As reported by Forbes, Coinbase, one of the world’s biggest exchanges, has taken a major step towards showing the world that by utilizing a Visa-produced Coinbase Card anyone can spend digital coins easily as if those were money in their bank account.
After the recent partnership of Coinbase and Visa (the latter actually
being a competitor of crypto payment systems, such as Ripple), users now can
easily spend Bitcoin along with the coins that closely follow it by market cap
value – ETH, XRP, LTC – at regular stores.
The new debit card costs $6.50 (£4.95) to emit, and it enables customers to instantly convert their crypto through a new Coinbase app. The merchants will be paid in fiat, though their customers will happily spend digital currencies.
The new Coinbase app
The new mobile application launched by Coinbase for this purpose allows using the new card and also trading digital assets on the exchange. It also helps users control their spending by offering transaction lists, instant receipts, etc.
Even though, there have been ‘crypto cards’ before, the one made by
Coinbase does not require loading any amount of crypto on it in advance. Users
can simply spend their BTC, LTC, etc, balances they keep on their Coinbase
At the moment, the Coinbase Card is only available for UK citizens. However, the San-Francisco-based trading platform intends to launch it for the EU soon as well. It does not give any specific dates, just says that it will take place in the “oncoming months”. As per Forbes, Coinbase does not intend to go further than Europe with this card yet.