Payment processor BitPay added support for Ripple’s XRP

Payment processor BitPay added support for Ripple’s XRP

  • Ali Raza
  • 23rd January, 13:47
  • Crypto payment processing platform, Bitpay, finally added support for the world's third-largest coin, XRP.
  • The coin became the seventh cryptocurrency available on BitPay, and it can now be used for making purchases with any of the merchants collaborating with the platform.
  • As one of the leading platforms for crypto payments, BitPay is driving adoption of digital coins, and constantly expanding their use cases.

A major crypto payment processor, BitPay, recently announced that it is adding support for XRP — the third-largest cryptocurrency, created by Ripple. The announcement was published on January 21st, causing XRP to experience a minor price surge and attempt to breach one of its major resistances at $0.24.

Now that BitPay has added XRP to its list of supported cryptos — alongside the coins such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Tether, Gemini Dollar, and Paxos Standard — the coin’s users will be able to spend it with merchants registered on the platform. At the same time, the platform’s clients will have the ability to pay invoices with XRP.

As mentioned, the addition of XRP means that BitPay now handles seven major digital assets. Not only that, but these seven cryptocurrencies are responsible for around 80% of the total crypto market cap.

BitPay’s move provides new opportunities for partners and users

The CEO of eGifter, Tyler Roye, commented on the move by saying that his company was excited to add XRP as a payment option. They plan to welcome XRP adopters in 2020, just ass they were welcoming Bitcoin users back in 2014. Meanwhile, Xpring’s Senior VP, Ethan Beard, stated that BitPay provides practical new opportunities for the use of digital assets.

According to him, Xpring hopes to use this opportunity to build upon it and make it easier for everyone to add money into their applications. The addition of XRP for everyday purchases, according to Beard, will be very beneficial for consumers and merchants alike.

As many are aware, cryptocurrencies — primarily Bitcoin — have been around for over 11 years, now. However, during most of this time, they struggled quite a bit with achieving mainstream adoption. Thanks to the efforts of BitPay, and a few similar services, their adoption is finally progressing at a faster pace, and the ability to make purchases using crypto assets is going to drive it further.

BitPay itself is a reputable platform that has managed to partner up with many other businesses, including fantasy NFL platform, FanDuel. Thanks to this partnership, FanDuel enabled Bitcoin payments, with deposits that will come without any extra charge. BitPay also added stablecoin support to allow users who are worried about the volatility of traditional cryptos to make use of the increased adoption, as well.

By Ali Raza
A journalist, with experience in web journalism and marketing. Ali holds a master's degree in finance and enjoys writing about cryptocurrencies and fintech. Ali’s work has been published on a number of cryptocurrency publications. Raza is the co-founder of 5Gist.com, too, a site dedicated to educating people on 5G technology.

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