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Xapo shows off bitcoin debit card, expanding cryptocurrency offerings

Company hopes new bitcoin debit card helps attract casual consumers to the budding cryptocurrency
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:17 pm

Xapo, the company best known for creating bitcoin vaults, also has introduced a new bitcoin debit card, in an effort to attract more consumers to the popular cryptocurrency. Instead of debiting money from a checking account, however, the Xapo card takes money from bitcoins - a digital card is free, but consumers wanting a physical card will have to pay $15.




"We are focused on making bitcoin more secure and safer and making it easier to use, the debit card is something that our customers have requested," said Wences Casares, Xapo founder and CEO, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.


The cards should ship within two months, and Xapo is partnering with banks in the U.S. and Europe, using Visa and MasterCard networks.


bitcoin is slowly but surely going mainstream with casual consumers, and supporters hope to see the cryptocurrency shake up the current financial world.


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