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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.
The BEST overall Bitcoin Online Wallet: Blockchain
Other reputable online wallets are:
Xapo , Bittrex , 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)
The BEST overall Bitcoin/Altcoin Desktop (downloadable) Wallet: Exodus or Jaxx
The BEST overall Bitcoin Mobile App Wallet: Mycelium (Android) or Jaxx (Android & iPhone)
Other Mobile & Desktop Wallets:
Coinomi - Multicurrency Android/iPhone Wallet with Shapeshift & Changelly built in
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)
Electrum (Excellent desktop PC wallet... very simplistic...only for bitcoin)
Jaxx (Another personal fav...Excellent desktop PC wallet & Android/iPhone app...like Exodus it also has internal exchange capability)
Mycelium (Top choice 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)
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).
Check fees carefully with these other options:
QuadrigaCX is a top choice but will take a few days to set up. 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.
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.
***Feb. 2018 UPDATE:
All cards issued by Wavecrest/MyChoice will NO longer work outside of the EU...that's about 95% of the cards below.
Uquid shut down their new card abruptly and so they are out too at the moment.
A non-USA based company whose card can ship and work in the USA is the Wagecan (Golden Card). Note though that it is initially expensive to buy ($130 - $170 USD), has a low yearly ATM limit ($25k) and takes many days to fund the card.... but it works.
Wirex seems to be pre-launching a new card that may be bank based. Still waiting on Tex10 and Monaco to launch worldwide options.
Cards available to USA Citizens:
Coinbase Shift Card: https://www.coinbase.com/
Cards that are available in the EU:
(Wagecan's Golden Card is available outside the EU)
Satoshi Tango: https://www.satoshitango.com
Cards Available in MOST COUNTRIES:
Wagecan (Golden Card only): https://wagecan.com/
Cards Coming Soon:
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 for Dummies (short summary): https://mrktrs.co/bitcoin-dummies-guide-beginners/
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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