Bitwage has announced the launch of new payroll cards in partnership with Xapo that will allow people to receive salary in bitcoins and spend it in dollars, pounds sterling, and euro. Xapo confirmed to CoinFox that the company teamed up with Bitwage and revealed that they have been working on the deal for a few months.
CoinFox contacted Fernando Gouveia, Business Development Manager at Xapo, to find out more about the company's outlook on the partnership.
The most important benefit of the partnership for Xapo is to build a use case that provides an end-to-end solution, Gouveia told CoinFox.
The new debit card allows employees to use the Bitwage system in order to withdraw and spend United States Dollars, European Euros, and British Pounds directly from the blockchain. The partnership allows users to spend bitcoins in local currencies using the Xapo account at any merchant that accepts Visa cards.
Gouveia revealed that the company made this move with a goal in mind to remind the bitcoin community of the Xapo current debit card program which is “alive and well”.
Xapo’s debit card is still in beta and has not yet been launched publicly. Users of the tested cards have previously reported issues that they had with delivery timing, unexpected fees, logging into accounts and even loss of funds. Xapo currently does not issue cards to the US or India. However, according to BitWage, the cards still can be used anywhere in the world including the US.