What Are Cryptocurrency Debit Cards, Explained

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It has more to do with the technology of cryptocurrency itself - confirmation times and transaction fees, in particular.

It’s true that the technology of cryptocurrency debit cards has been here for a while. You might be thinking: “if they make digital currencies so easy to spend and can be easily bought, why aren’t they much more popular?”

One of the primary, if not the main barriers to higher adoption is cryptocurrencies themselves. Bitcoin transactions have a 10 minute confirmation period on average. The fees are also significant, unlike in the old times, and are only getting higher. These two factors combined make Bitcoin payments barely suitable for small, everyday purchases - plastic card or not.

Some other currencies, such as Ethereum, have faster confirmation times and lower fees, but they’ve started getting popular quite recently. In fact, some of the cards were released before Ethereum entered the market.

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