While Amazon, today’s largest online retailer, is just announcing it will start accepting cryptocurrency payments in 2021, you can use the Purse.io app to shop online and pay with bitcoins.
Starbucks announced in March 2020, as the global quarantine rolls out, that it is joining cryptocurrency adherents. However, you won’t be able to pay for your Frappuccino with bitcoins directly at the register. Coffee shop customers use the Bakkt app to pay for drinks and merchandise with converted bitcoins. According to the creators of the app, more than 500,000 people wanted to test a digital wallet and pay for their coffee at the launch of the project alone.
Wikimedia, the company that runs the world’s largest open-source encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is accepting donations in bitcoins. Payments are made through BitPay.
Richard Branson’s company, which includes Virgin Mobile and Virgin Airlines, allows you to pay for space travel with bitcoins.
Latvian airline airBaltic became the first airline in the world to begin accepting bitcoins as payment back in 2014. According to the company, it has processed more than 1,000 bitcoin transactions since it launched this payment option seven years ago. The decision to do so led to another Eastern European airline, LOT Polish Airlines, following suit the following year.
Coca-Cola Amatil is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of soft and ready-to-drink beverages in the Asia-Pacific region.
Last year, the company announced its partnership with online asset platform Centrapay. This allowed it to begin accepting bitcoin as its official payment method. According to a CoinDesk report, there are now about 2,000 vending machines in Australia and New Zealand that accept cryptocurrency.
The editors of the popular American magazine TIME announced this year the launch of a new subscription payment service. Now it is possible to pay the subscription fee with cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin.
The service is operated by Crypto.com. Users who subscribe with cryptocurrency get unlimited access to the content on the magazine’s site during 18 months, and also have an opportunity to participate in events and other programs organized by TIME for subscribers.
When paying with Crypto.com tokens, readers receive up to 10 percent cashback.
Google and Apple Pay
Thanks to the Coinbase exchange, it’s now possible to use Apple Pay and Google Pay to pay with cryptocurrency.
To do so, you need to have a Coinbase Card. Linking it to one of the payment applications it is possible to pay for various goods and services with the help of digital currencies.
Swiss brand Philipp Plein is one of the first in the luxury segment of clothing announced its intention to accept cryptopayments.
It will be possible to pay in a retail boutique or online store with 15 types of crypto-protected digital currencies, including the most common ones – bitcoin and ether. The service will be available on Coinify’s cryptopayment platform.
In 2018, Hublot made an experiment and released a watch that can only be bought with bitcoins. The Swiss manufacturer released a limited-edition Big Bang Meca-10 P2P watch collection celebrating the 10th anniversary of Bitcoin, and you can only buy them for Bitcoin.
Each watch was uniquely engraved with a transaction number that was used to pay for the order of that particular piece. Given the Bitcoin exchange rate in 2018, one device was worth about $25,000.
A total of 210 watches were produced and instantly sold out, symbolizing the global limit on the number of Bitcoin cryptocurrencies in circulation – 21 million.