A special shout-out is in order for airBaltic, not because it flies to Latvia (and other parts of Europe and the Middle East), but because in 2014 it became the first airline in the world to accept bitcoins for those flights.
Circle is a hot-button topic on the tongues of all bitcoin users, some even considering the service to be the “killer app” spurring bitcoin adoption. With a well-designed interface and an ease of use process, Circle does seem to cut out all the problems bitcoin users faced with getting their hands on bitcoins before. Circle allows something that competitors don’t as well: buying bitcoin with prepaid VISA gift cards.
Although Coinbase and CEX.IO mentioned above provide a wallet for you to use, Changelly and Coinmama does not. But if you need a wallet or simply wanted to store your own Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies, check out the wallet section to see your best options. If you do decide to use the wallets provided by the exchanges, make absolutely sure you enable Multi-Factor Authentication to fully lock down account access.
Though not all companies have made the switch, most have taken notice of the quick trend. The New York Times, a newspaper company, is currently looking for third party affiliates to help host the bitcoin currency. This is just a small example, there is no doubt many more companies are making the switch.
CoinMama is a bitcoin broker that enables purchasing bitcoins with credit or debit cards. Fees are about 10% with limits of about $5,000 per day and $20,000 per month. After verification then bitcoins are received within a few minutes. CoinMama is available only in some US states.
You will have the limit of $50 for the first transaction, $100 for the second transaction available after four days of the initial purchase and $500 after eight days of the first buy. The total limit for the first month will be $5,000 and then no limits at all.
This option gives a little more power back to the users that want it. Buying Bitcoin through other means normally follows in the footsteps of giving up too much information; something that the fundamentals of bitcoin was built on to oppose. Companies like Coinbase, Vault of Satoshi, BitPay and Circle all have to follow business regulations of the countries they operate in, unfortunately making their consumers divulge more and more information. It’s to no fault of their own; they’re operating under regulations based on old technology.
Following this, users will be introduced to a page that allows them to select how many bitcoins they would like to purchase, and once a fitting amount has been selected, users will be allowed to add their preferred payment methods and bitcoin addresses. Users will also be required to verify their phone number and email address. CoinMama does not require most users to upload their government-issued ID. After completing the aforementioned steps and passing the verification users will be able to acquire bitcoins through CoinMama.
At time of writing, however, you can still buy a wide range of goods and services with the cryptocurrency. Among the advantages of doing so are the ease of cross-border transactions, and anonymity (unless you want physical delivery, of course). By accepting bitcoin, merchants get access to a broader market, and don’t have to worry so much about chargebacks (where the buyers cancels the payment after receiving the product).
They take a premium fee for their services (~6% fee). However, they do not limit you to a maximum amount of Bitcoins that you can purchase. You can buy up to $150 worth of Bitcoin without verification. On the other hand, verified accounts can buy $5000 worth of Bitcoin per day and up to $20000 per month.
Each Bitcoin exchange has different buying limits, which often varies depending on level of identity verification. At Coinbase, for example, regular users may only purchase up to $1,000 worth of bitcoins per day. Fully verified users, however, can buy up to $50,000 per day. Most exchanges offer a FAQ page online where the different levels of verification are explained.
Except that I just checked the Local Bitcoins link for my large city and compared the asking prices against the XE.com conversion rate. Most asking prices were +$150 or more over the XE rate per coin. Right now the XE rate says $2369.23, but there were offers over $2600. That is too much of a premium for an all-cash deal. In fact, there must be a better way to get a reasonable price and retain anonymity. Do you know that better way?
For people who do view Bitcoin as an investment, there are options to invest through exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These simply track the price of Bitcoin so you don’t need to worry about securing your wallet.
Withdrawal requests are processed automatically, right after their placement. Another great thing is that you do not need to log in to third party services. In most cases, withdrawals are processed instantly. This feature will enable you to gain convenient access to withdrawn funds on your MasterCard/VISA right away.
bitWAGE lets you find remote jobs that are paid in bitcoin. bitWAGE also offers a second, quite innovative service. They let you invoice your USA, EU, or UK employer or client in many currencies including bitcoin. This means that you can earn bitcoins from your regular job. Definitely something to try for real bitcoin enthusiasts.