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Justin Renken
Blockchain
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Date: 14th Apr 2020

ARK is Now Available on the Swipe App with Visa Card and In-App Exchange for Europe and Beyond

We are very excited to announce that ARK can now be bought, sold and spent using the Swipe app. ARK users throughout the European Economic Area and beyond now have the option to use the Swipe app to integrate ARK into their daily lives.

What is Swipe?

Swipe is a mobile application for Android and iOS that offers a multi-asset blockchain Wallet, allowing users to securely store assets. Users on the Swipe Wallet can buy, sell and pay with their cryptocurrencies to fiat directly within the wallet application as well as purchase gift cards and make instant exchanges between all supported assets.

Swipe Wallet is currently available in many regions worldwide, but NOT AVAILABLE in the following countries:

United States (Soon), Philippines (Soon), Afghanistan, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Core d’Ivoire, Cuba, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Lebananon, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Note: The countries that are integrated with Swipe Visa card are listed later in this article.

Swipe Integrates ARK

Swipe has recently listed ARK on the Swipe Wallet platform. Swipe users can now buy and sell these cryptocurrencies via their linked bank account or cards, spend it to fiat using Swipe Visa, and exchange these coins instantly with all the supported coins in the Swipe Wallet platform. With VISA behind the wheel, this app bridges ARK with over 40 million merchants worldwide.

Note: ARK in the Swipe wallet cannot be used in delegate voting.

Swipe Company Background

Swipe Wallet Ltd is the company behind the project and is based in the United Kingdom. Swipe is founded by Joselito Lizarondo who also serves as the companies CEO. Joselito has been involved in cryptocurrency payment startups over the course of the last 3 years all with similar executed plans and visions. The Swipe HQ is located in the financial district of Manila, Philippines.

The Swipe Card is Here

The Swipe Card is a Visa debit card issued by a financial institution and program managed by an issuer/co-brand partner. Swipe Visa card users in the United Kingdom and 28 countries in Europe can earn their cashback in Bitcoins (BTC). They are also working to allow users cashback rewards to be issued in their choice of crypto. As Swipe CEO recently tweeted.

Swipe Visa card users can also enjoy converting their cryptocurrencies to Euros, spend Euros to earn crypto, use Google Pay and use Visa Paywave NFC tap payments.

The Swipe Card IS AVAILABLE to residents of the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, & U.K

Note: Non-contact, PIN-less NFC payments have limits of €50 per payment with a daily limit of €150. Standard usage of the cards have higher limits, however.

Will Swipe be available in the Philippines and other Asian countries?

Yes, they are going to offer all services in the Philippines and the South East Asian region soon. They are just waiting for all of the card products to be ready for this region so they can release access to the wallet and cards together. Currently, Swipe services are only available in 33 countries in Europe, but they plan to bring our services worldwide.

What about the United States?

The United States is still on the horizon for Swipe. However, ARK is also integrated into the Spend App and Visa card, and residents of the United States and Canada can use the Spend App to enjoy crypto and fiat services. Cards are shipping for US/CA residents now.

For more questions and answers about Swipe, have a look at this recent AMA:

Swipe Ask-Me-Anything on Swipe YouTube channel.Swipe Tokens (SXP)

The Swipe Wallet has been designed to require Swipe Tokens (SXP) to perform various wallet functions, assisting with exchange fees among other things.

We are all extremely pleased to have ARK among the very exclusive list of virtual assets currently available on the Swipe app. While we will do our best to inform you of future developments, you can dial into the Swipe community here:

Disclaimer: The statements in this article shall not be interpreted as financial advice nor a solicitation of investment.

Your Swipe Account & Visa Card will be issued by Contis Financial Services Ltd who is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to issue e-money (Firm Reference Number: 900025) and is a principal member of Visa. Please note the Visa card is an electronic money product and although it is a product regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, it is not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. We ensure that any funds received by you are held in a segregated account so that in the unlikely event that Contis Financial Services Ltd becomes insolvent your funds will be protected against claims made by creditors.

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