30 Mar 2021 · 3 min read

PayPal Launches Crypto Pay Services in US for Bitcoin, Ether, Altcoins

The payments giant PayPal – widely credited with inadvertently sparking the current crypto bull run last year with its major crypto move – has announced the launch of a service that will allow its customers to pay with cryptoassets such as bitcoin (BTC).

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In a press release, the firm stated that its latest move would “significantly expand the utility of cryptocurrency,” and would be “available at millions of global online businesses.” It further stated that the service would be “continuing to expand over the coming months.”

Like its last move, which allowed offering account holders the ability to buy, sell, and (almost) hold crypto on its platform, the new service – named Checkout with Crypto – has initially only been made available in the United States.

However, the innovation, which debuts today, will also allow for conversions from crypto to fiat at the transaction stage, with the company adding that “converting cryptocurrency holdings to fiat currency at checkout,” would be enabled. This fact, it said, will allow “certainty of value and no additional transaction fees.”

The firm claimed that its new services would allow firms and individuals to receive payments in crypto and its CEO Dan Schulman was quoted as stating,

“Enabling cryptocurrencies to make purchases at businesses around the world is the next chapter in driving the ubiquity and mass acceptance of digital currencies.”

The company said that its new service supports bitcoin, as well as litecoin (LTC), ethereum (ETH) and bitcoin cash (BCH) “depending on what [customers] are holding with PayPal and the balances available in each cryptocurrency.”

And PayPal added that a “cryptocurrency conversion spread will be built into the conversion from crypto to USD.”

This is how their new service works:

"The market has passed the point of no return and companies that used to treat cryptocurrencies as an experiment are now rushing to jump onto the bandwagon," Arina Kulackovska, Head of Corporate Payment Solutions at the CEX.IO trading platform, told Cryptonews.com, adding that now we see "the first steps towards a revolution in crypto payments."

"While for now the seller (registered in Paypal) receives money in fiat and not crypto, I believe that it won’t be long before the seller can receive crypto from the user. Over the next 2 - 3 years we will see a real revolution," she added.

Alexander Vasiliev, Co-founder and CCO of the payments network Mercuryo, estimates that it may take another year until cryptocurrencies become more operational in retail commerce.

Commenting on PayPal's move, he stressed that this also makes a use case of law-compliant usage of cryptocurrencies by a mainstream payment platform.

"It means that the US law allows doing that, which is a big step forward in the legal adoption of cryptocurrencies by the world’s largest economy, which has always been very rigorous about financial clarity," Vasiliev added.

Meanwhile, just yesterday, another payments giant Visa partnered with major crypto company Crypto.com in order to settle transactions in the second-largest steblecoin USD Coin (USDC) with Visa over Ethereum.

At 11:17 UTC, BTC trades at USD 59,017 and is up by 2% in a day, ETH increased by 4%, to USD 1,838.
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(Updated at 11:31 UTC with a video. Updated at 14:13 with additional comments.)