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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, write down all mnemonic phrases and get private keys for supreme security.
New to Bitcoin?...
First get the facts on what it is and how it works:
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.
*** 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.
The BEST overall Bitcoin Online Wallet: Blockchain
Other reputable online wallets are:
Xapo , Bittrex , GreenWallet , Spectrocoin , BTC.com , Bitcoin-Wallet , Strongcoin , Rushwallet (with Rushwallet you must keep your unique url copied & saved ... that's your login... make sure to create with a password)
Mobile & Desktop Wallets:
Abra (Wallet & Funding method)
Exodus (Top choice for Desktop PC Wallet & 1 button ETH/DASH/LTC exchanger - personal fav.)
Armory (Excellent desktop PC wallet)
Mycelium (Top choice for Android mobile devices; NOT as good for Apple 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)
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 a debit card for withdrawals (scroll to bottom for choices).
Check fees carefully with these other options:
QuadrigaCX is a top choice but will take a few days to set up. 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.
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:
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 website carefully about shipping and fee details.
***Oct 2017 UPDATE:
All cards issued by Wavecrest/MyChoice will no longer work outside of the EU ... some after Oct 15th and some may last a bit longer like Advcach. That's about 95% of the cards below. Information gathered thus far is that Wirex will have a new card soon and maybe Tex10 and Monaco will have something in the coming 1-3 months ... but we don't have a date. Wagecan and possibly ANXpro are options for those OUTSIDE the USA. I'm waiting on verification for them.
Cards available to USA Citizens:
Wagecan (more private): https://wagecan.com/
Coinbase Shift Card: https://www.coinbase.com/
Cards that are available in MOST countries (may or may not be for USA):
Coinbase Shift Card: https://www.coinbase.com/
Satoshi Tango: https://www.satoshitango.com
Virtual Bitcoin Debit Card
Some of the above companies have these in addition to plastic physical cards. However, if you are looking for 'just' a virtual card, here is a way to simply add bitcoin and begin spending online with the power of VISA.
Gift Cards with Bitcoin
Buy virtual or plastic gift cards using Bitcoin and spend as you please.
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 & Cryptocurrency Market Cap & Price: http://coinmarketcap.com/
Bitcoin in FULL DETAIL from the INVENTOR: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
What is Bitcoin Mining?: https://www.bitcoinmining.com/
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