Wirex Limited has availed its popular bitcoin debit card for free for worldwide users. From July 2016 onwards, free virtual cards denominated in either USD, GBP or EUR can be redeemed from Wirex app, which is available for Android and iOS users.
The move is expected to benefit new and existing Wirex/E-Coin users with no existing cards in accounts. Upon registration or login in the Wirex app, users can order and receive bitcoin debit card (virtual; worth $3) directly from the app. Wirex has also posted a text tutorial and video tutorial on how to redeem the free card.
“We want to make it easy for the bitcoin community to spend bitcoins online, for free,” said Pavel Matveev, co-founder of Wirex (previously E-Coin), “Simply order the virtual card through Wirex app and now users can spend bitcoins anywhere Visa and Mastercard are accepted. We’re happy to give a lot more spending power to bitcoin users.”
Aside from acting as a shopping tool and bitcoin debit card, Wirex virtual cards can also be used as an online banking account that can be accessed worldwide via desktop or mobile, to perform fiat-to-fiat conversions, to make cheap and fast international money transfer, to verify PayPal accounts and much more. In the advantages of virtual Visa card article, the virtual cards can also be used to buy bitcoins with PayPal (in 37 countries), bank transfers and Alternative Payment Methods.
For non-bitcoin users, Wirex card accounts can be funded with many payment options, including bank transfers, PayPal, and other popular alternative payment methods such as Alipay, P24, GiroPay and much more. A full list of supported alternative payment methods can be found in Wirex’s blog post, “Ways to Top Up Your Wirex and E-Coin Account”.
A verified account is not required but recommended for the best Wirex experience. Verified accounts get more account funding options as well as higher limits on the card. Wirex app users will be able to use E-Coin platform until further notice. All users, cards, and accounts will move over to the new wirexapp.com platform once it launches.