A Comparison of the best cryptocurrency debit cards in the UK

Although the number of merchants accepting bitcoins is growing, it is still hard to find many places to spend your bitcoins.

If not, then you have to sell your BTCs on an exchange, withdraw the fiat currency back to your bank account, and then spend it.

But with the advent of Bitcoin debit cards, a few of these steps have been eliminated. The card companies do the exchanging part, and you just spend your BTCs freely.

With the new Coinbase debit card launching this week, we take a look and compare the 2 most popular cryptocurrency cards on the market today in the UK:

  1. Wirex Contactless Visa Payment Card

https://wirexapp.com/card

Wirex, which was previously known as E-coin issues, is a popular Bitcoin debit card. It is available in both virtual and physical forms and allows you to earn while you spend, giving you 0.5% back in BTC for all in-store purchases.

Card Type: Visa Debit card

Currencies supported: GBP, EUR and USD

Has a  mobile app? Yes

It is anonymous? No

Physical card? Yes

Virtual card? Yes

Card price: The card and delivery are free of charge

Monthly fees: There is a monthly card management fee of £1.00/€1.20/$1.50 to cover administration and operational costs.

How is the card funded? Bank transfer, credit or debit card or using your crypto

Where can it be used? Anywhere Visa is accepted

2. CryptoToPay Contactless prepaid card

https://cryptopay.me

Cryptopay is an online Bitcoin Wallet which offers greater functionality than simpler services for buying and selling bitcoins.

Card Type: Visa prepaid card

Currencies supported: GBP, EUR, USD and RUB

Has a  mobile app? Yes

It is anonymous? No

Physical card? Yes

Virtual card? Yes

Card price: The card and delivery are free of charge

Monthly fees: Check website for details

How is the card funded? Bank transfer, credit or debit card or using your crypto

Where can it be used? Anywhere Visa is accepted

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