Opera Lets US Users Buy Bitcoin, Ethereum with Apple Pay, Debit Cards
American users of the Opera mobile and desktop web browsers will be able to make faster and easier crypto purchases – with United States-based Android users now able to buy using their debit cards, and iOS users able to buy both bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH) directly from the browser’s own crypto wallet using Apple Pay.
In an official release, Opera says that it has teamed up with Wyre, an American crypto brokerage company, in a deal that will allow it to expand the scope of its crypto wallet operations.
Opera is a Norwegian firm, and launched crypto buying functionality to its Android and iOS products last year for Norway-based users, as well as those in Sweden and Denmark.
The company added,
“Opera also plans to introduce seamless crypto top-ups in other countries very soon.”
The company claimed that its move was “a further step” in its “strategy to eliminate the hurdles associated with the use of cryptocurrencies on the web.”
Opera first launched a “blockchain-enabled” Android browser, featuring cryptocurrency wallet functionality, in 2018.
Charles Hamel, Opera’s Head of Crypto, stated,
“In the past, obtaining cryptocurrencies was a cumbersome process that took hours or even days. When you compare it with this seamless solution, which takes less than 30 seconds, it really is a game-changer.”
The company says it has 320 million active users.
The news comes hot on the heels of a recent announcement from decentralized browser operator Brave, which announced a partnership that it said would allow users to spend its native tokens on products and services from the likes of Amazon and Uber.