Dutch bitcoin and altcoin brokerage Anycoin Direct expands its instant buying and selling service to an additional fourteen – predominantly Eastern European – countries. The move is the result of a new partnership by Anycoin Direct with the European payment institution TrustPay.
Prior to the TrustPay partnership, Anycoin Direct did already buy and sell bitcoins in using the European payment-integration initiative SEPA. With SEPA, however, the purchase of cryptocurrency is not instant, meaning that many of Anycoin Direct’s customers had to wait a day until the bitcoins or altcoins were sent to their address.
Now, with the new TrustPay partnership, Anycoin Direct's instant service - which sends bitcoins and altcoins to customers within minutes after payment - is not limited to Western Europe, but also available in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Turkey.
Anycoin Direct co-founder Lennert Vlemmings suspects that their instant service buying and selling service is a first of its kind in many of these newly added countries. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Vlemmings said:
“By adding TrustPay it is now possible to buy bitcoins instantly in countries where this was not possible before. This brings us one step closer to our goal; making bitcoin instantly available for everyone.”
As opposed to exchanges, buyers and sellers of bitcoins and altcoins are not matched to each other through Anycoin Direct, but instead buy and sell their cryptocurrency directly to and from the company. Anycoin Direct, in turn, buys and sells these bitcoins and altcoins at different exchanges, always looking for the best deal to which it adds a 1% fee for customers.
By using a number of European payment processors, Anycoin Direct seeks to lower the barrier of entry for its customers, who for smaller amounts don't need to go through a thorough verification process.
Anycoin Direct was founded by Vlemmings and Bram Ceelen as Bitplaats (“Bitplace”) in April of 2013. While the company initially focused its efforts on the Dutch bitcoin market, it expanded its reach to Belgium in the first week of 2014, and then changed its name and added instant buying options for most of Western Europe later that year. Subsequently, Anycoin Direct had an impressive start of 2015, with €500k funding by a private investor and an expansion of its services to .
Apart from bitcoin, Anycoin Direct buys and sells blackcoin, dogecoin, darkcoin, feathercoin, litecoin, namecoin, peercoin en zetacoin.
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