'Updated Nov. 20, 2019
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*** Please be careful to check any FEES associated with buying Bitcoin.
**** It is suggested to make small test spends with BOTH wallets and Funding methods to be sure they work well for you.
***** With Wallets: Use Two-Factor Authentication where possible (or pin numbers), write down all mnemonic phrases and get private keys/back up phrase (a MUST!...write down in a safe place) for supreme security.
New to Bitcoin?...
First get the facts on what it is and how it works:
*Quick Summary (for dummies): https://mrktrs.co/bitcoin-dummies-guide-beginners/
Get a Bitcoin Wallet
* Most online, mobile & desktop wallets are FREE.
** Having MORE than 1 wallet is a GOOD idea ... it is NOT suggested to keep ALL your Bitcoin in just 1 wallet ... diversify between many.
*** Make sure to write down your Private Keys in a SAFE PLACE (not on your computer or phone)
**** It is suggested to get a Hard Wallet ... this can be one of the SAFEST ways to keep/store your Bitcoin as it is offline.
*****Online wallets are the LEAST safe! It's best to have a downloaded wallet that you control... Mobile or Desktop. Cold storage devices/cards are best.
The BEST overall Bitcoin Online Wallet: Blockchain
Other reputable online wallets are:
Xapo , Bittrex , Spectrocoin , BTC.com , Bitcoin-Wallet & Strongcoin
The BEST overall Bitcoin/Altcoin Desktop (downloadable) Wallet: Exodus or Atomic
The BEST overall Bitcoin Mobile App Wallet: Mycelium (Android) or Edge (Android & iPhone / Top Security) or Enjin (Android & iPhone)
Other Mobile & Desktop Wallets:
Trust Wallet - Recommended by Binance (Secure & Anonymous)
Coinomi - Multicurrency Android/iPhone Wallet with Shapeshift & Changelly built in
Samourai - For Android (focused on privacy)
Abra (Wallet & Funding method)
Exodus (Top choice for Desktop PC Wallet & 1 button Altcoins exchanger - personal fav.) (better for storage than day to day use due to higher fees)
Armory (Excellent desktop PC wallet)
Ciphrex (Desktop Bitcoin & Litecoin Wallet)
Copay (Bitcoin only Mobile & Desktop Wallet)
Electrum (Excellent desktop PC wallet... very simplistic...only for bitcoin)
Jaxx (***NOT RECOMMENDED!)
Mycelium (Top Bitcoin wallet for Android mobile devices; NOT as good for iPhone users)
Breadwallet (Top choice for Apple users)
Luno (Wallet and way to buy)
Hard Wallets (Physical Wallets / Cold Storage):
Paper Wallet (Watch youtube videos on how to create one with Bitaddress)
Bitkee (Metal Card Cold Storage Wallets)
Buy Hard Wallets & Bitcoin merchandise:
https://store.bitcoin.com/ (USA & Canada)
To figure out how much you will need in your local fiat currency, plug in the amount here: Coindesk Calculator
If you require a specific amount of Bitcoin, it's suggested to always buy a bit more than you need due to potential price fluctuation.
Popular online wallet & funding method: CoinBase.
***NOTE that Coinbase is reputable but NOT PRIVATE. It's suggested as a good funding method but NOT for use with online programs. Transfer your bitcoin OUT of Coinbase to another wallet like Blockchain and use private methods (eg: Localbitcoins) or a debit card for withdrawals (scroll to bottom for choices). Coinbase can take MANY days to get funded.
Check fees carefully with these other options:
CoinSquare is popular. EzBtc offers E-transfer ability. The Atlantic Gold & Silver Center now Buys/Sells BTC/ETH/LTC. QuickBT and MyBTC use the Interac system and Flexepins (available at 6,000 store locations across the country or online at UseMyCard). Bitaccess and BTCsolutions also use Flexepins. There are larger fees associated with Flexepins. BTCsolutions can fulfill larger orders via bank wire or overnight money order/ bank draft. A couple of new Exchangers are BitStreet and BitcoinOutlet.
BitStamp is reputable as is BitPanda & Cubits.
Buy using a Credit Card: https://www.coinmama.com/
Localbitcoins is an option to buy bitcoins privately in nearly ANY COUNTRY but you must have a wallet such as Blockchain (or any other wallet) for the coins to be sent. Note the fees ... they can be higher.
Additional peer-to-peer option: WallofCoins
Buy Bitcoin with a Credit card:
Xcoins also has a peer-to-peer system and credit cards/paypal are accepted purchase methods.
Buycoins.me (USA only)
Bitcoin ATM's Worldwide
Check fees!... some are low and some are high... must have a Bitcoin wallet app downloaded onto your mobile phone that utilizes QR codes: Coinatmradar
If you live anywhere else in the world, please review this site (Coindesk) for more Bitcoin wallet and funding options.
Options for SPECIFIC COUNTRIES:
Various Countries with good tips and fee information:
Multiple Country Listings: http://www.bitcoin-net.com/
24 Countries: https://bittylicious.com
South Africa: http://www.bitcoinzar.co.za
Dubai & UAE: https://bitoasis.net/en/
Nigeria: http://bitx.co ; https://cex.io ; http://endopay.com ; https://www.bitpesa.co ; https://instantgold.ng ; https://www.nairaswitch.com
New Zealand: https://bitnz.com/ ; https://tua.co.nz
Mexico: https://www.volabit.com/en ;
Indonesia: ttp://vip.bitcoin.co.id http://bitx.co
Bitcoin Debit Cards:
If you do not wish to take back bitcoin exchanged fiat currency into your bank, and would like the convenience of a debit card, there are some excellent options. Note that some cards cannot be shipped to some countries ... notably the USA. Please read the individual card company website carefully about shipping and fee details.
Cards available to USA Citizens:
Cards that are available in the EU (please contact these companies for current information):
(Luxpin is also available outside the EU)
Satoshi Tango: https://www.satoshitango.com
Cards Available in MOST COUNTRIES:
Cards Coming Soon:
Virtual Bitcoin Debit Card
Some of the above companies have these in addition to plastic physical cards.
Gift Cards with Bitcoin
Buy virtual or plastic gift cards using Bitcoin and spend as you please.
Worldwide (best): https://www.egifter.com
Pay Bills with Bitcoin (Crypto):
USA: https://www.billpayforcoins.com/ or http://coinbills.com/
Australia: https://www.livingroomofsatoshi.com/ or https://paidbycoins.com/#cryptocan
Buy Merchandise with Bitcoin
CCN List: https://www.ccn.com/companies-that-accept-bitcoin/
Coin Telegraph: https://cointelegraph.com/
Coin Desk: https://www.coindesk.com/
Bitcoin Magazine: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/
Coin Report: https://coinreport.net/
Cryptocoin News: https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/
News BTC: http://www.newsbtc.com/
More about Bitcoin
What is Bitcoin?: https://bitcoin.org/en/
Bitcoin for Dummies (short summary): https://mrktrs.co/bitcoin-dummies-guide-beginners/
Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Market Cap & Price: http://coinmarketcap.com/
Live BTC/Crypto prices: https://bitcoinwisdom.com/
Bitcoin in FULL DETAIL from the INVENTOR: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
What is Bitcoin Mining?: https://www.bitcoinmining.com/
What is Bitcoin Hash? https://99bitcoins.com/what-is-bitcoin-hash/
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