Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced on Wednesday the launch of its Visa debit card in the UK. According to Coinbase, the debit card allows customers to spend crypto as effortlessly as the money in their bank. The card’s description reads:
“Coinbase Card is powered by customers’ Coinbase account crypto balances, giving them the ability to pay in-store and online using bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, and more. Customers can use their card in millions of locations around the world, making payments through contactless, Chip and PIN, as well as cash withdrawals from ATMs. When customers use their Coinbase Card, we instantly convert crypto to fiat currency, such as GBP, which is used to complete the purchase.”
Coinbase noted in order to help customers manage their spend, it has also launched the Coinbase Card app, which enables customers to select which of their crypto wallets they will use to fund their Coinbase Card spending.
“Coinbase Card supports all crypto assets available to buy and sell on the Coinbase platform, meaning they can pay for a meal with bitcoin, or use ethereum to fund their train ticket home. The app also offers instant receipts, transaction summaries, spending categories, and more.”
Coinbase also reported to celebrate the launch of Coinbase Card, it is waiving the £4.95 card issuance fee for the first 1,000 people to join the waitlist. Coinbase customers can download the iOS and Android app today and securely link their Coinbase account. Coinbase Card is currently only available in the UK, but Coinbase added that it plans to support other European countries in the coming months.