MoneyGram Allows Customers to Buy and Sell Bitcoin With Cashby Fintechnews Switzerland May 14, 2021
MoneyGram , a provider of cross-border P2P payments and money transfers, announced the launch of a new partnership with Coinme, a licensed cryptocurrency cash exchange in the U.S., to enable the cash funding and payout of digital currency purchases and sales.
The MoneyGram and Coinme integration will provide a fast and easy way for customers to purchase bitcoin with cash and withdraw bitcoin holdings in cash.
It is specially designed for customers who may be interested in utilising bitcoin for the first time.
The service will be available at select MoneyGram locations starting in the U.S. in the coming weeks. Additional countries and cryptocurrencies will be made available shortly thereafter.
With less than 20,000 cryptocurrency kiosks in the world, the MoneyGram and Coinme partnership will further expand access to bitcoin and potentially other digital currencies by creating thousands of new point-of-sale locations to buy bitcoin.
The partnership utilises MoneyGram’s mobile and API-driven payments platform and Coinme’s proprietary cryptocurrency exchange and custody technology.
MoneyGram said that it had plans to expand to select international markets in the second half of 2021.
“This innovative partnership opens our business to an entirely new customer segment as we are the first to pioneer a crypto-to-cash model by building a bridge with Coinme to connect bitcoin to local fiat currency.
Our unique, global network is an incredibly valuable asset, and we’re excited to open our platform to Coinme as we increasingly look to capture new growth by monetizing our network to new use-cases.”
said Alex Holmes, MoneyGram Chairman and CEO.
“MoneyGram has spent more than 80 years building one of the world’s largest P2P payment networks. By integrating its global infrastructure with our licensed crypto exchange technology, we can enable the purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies across its system using cash.
This is a major milestone for the bitcoin and cryptocurrency communities, and for the millions of people who will benefit from a trusted, easy and affordable onramp to digital currency.”
said Neil Bergquist, Coinme CEO.
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