Opera Enables Bitcoin Buying for U.S. Customers via Apple Pay


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Opera browser is now allowing U.S. customers to buy Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) via Apple Pay or debit cards.

Opera Browser Debuts Bitcoin Purchase Option

According to ChainNews, Opera Browser has debuted Bitcoin and Ether purchase options for its U.S. customers. The move comes following a successful partnership with Wyre — a crypto money transmitter licensed in the country.

Details of the new feature show that U.S.-based Opera browser users can now buy BTC and ETH using Apple Pay or debit cards. The latter option is for customers running Opera on Android devices.

U.S. Opera users will now be able to buy up to $250 worth of BTC or ETH directly from the platform’s wallet. Customers will, however, have to contend with the 30 percent fee and an additional 2.9 percent towards covering transaction costs.

Bitcoin buying on Opera for U.S. customers is also an extension of the crypto purchase service offered by the browsing platform which was already available for the Opera’s Scandinavian users.

The move comes amid plans by the Norwegian browser platform to become a leader in the emerging Web 3.0 ecosystem. Crypto purchase may boost the company’s credentials as it relates to users interacting with decentralized applications (dApps).

However, the $250 BTC and ETH purchase limit means the new feature appears tailored towards retail buying rather than a fiat on-ramp for institutional players.

Retail Crypto Adoption on the Agenda

Crypto purchase option for Opera is the latest in a growing list of developments for the company in its march towards greater cryptocurrency adoption. As previously reported by BTCManager, Opera added an in-built crypto wallet back in 2018.

Also, in 2018, Opera took its Web 3.0 adventure to a new level by launching a blockchain-based web browser. Back in October 2019, Opera integrated Tron (TRX) wallet.

Opera’s announcement is also the latest development targeted at stimulating retail crypto adoption across the globe. Coinbase and Google are partnering to allow Android users to utilize the latter’s crypto-funded Visa card on Google Play.

On Monday (March 16, 2020), Bakkt announced the beta launch of its Bakkt Cash payment option on the Starbucks App. Apart from retail crypto purchasing on-ramps, market players are also advancing cryptocurrency loyalty reward programs.

Via crypto rebates and cash backs, companies like Lolli and Bakkt are trying to stimulate crypto adoption for merchants, consumers and other participants in the retail arena.

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