One of the biggest challenges that cryptocurrencies face is gaining widespread adoption. The technology might be sound, but if people don’t/can’t use the tokens in “real life,” the sector will never fulfill its potential.
Thankfully, several large businesses are starting to offer crypto payments in their stores and on their websites.
Here are several companies that accept cryptocurrency right now.
Dish is a U.S.-based television provider with several international subsidiaries.
The company was an early adopter of Bitcoin payments; it first offered the feature back in 2014. In August 2018, Dish also started accepting payments in Bitcoin Cash.
In an ideal world, you should always use a VPN when you surf the web. It will stop your ISP, government, and hackers from spying on your internet traffic.
If you’re looking for a VPN provider, check out AirVPN. The company has accepted direct Bitcoin payments since March 2018.
Despite some early skepticism, Microsoft founder Bill Gates now seems to be a strong proponent of crypto. In December 2018, he said the technology could help to solve world poverty.
Microsoft has been similarly slow on the uptake, though you can make Bitcoin payments for games, movies, and apps in the company’s online store.
Ever fancied a foot-long sandwich but you don’t have any cash or credit cards on your person? Since early 2018, some Subway stores have accepted both Bitcoin and Litecoin.
The participating stores have been spotted around the world, not just in the U.S. Some have even been seen as far afield as Russia and Slovakia.
Shopify is an online e-commerce platform that lets its users create and manage stores for selling their wares on websites, social media, or in a physical store.
If you create a Shopify store, you now have the option to receive your payments in more than 300 cryptocurrencies. All you need to get started is a tablet, point of sale device or mobile app.
The feature is available to all Shopify users.
Namecheap has developed a well-earned reputation for selling domain names below the typical market rates.
In 2013, the company became the first domain registrar to offer payments in Bitcoin. At the time of the launch, it said that crypto was a good fit for its philosophy of supporting online freedom.
It doesn’t appear to be sales talk; Namecheap donates more than $100,000 per year to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Are you looking for new computer gadgets or hardware? Newegg should be one of your first ports of call. It has been a favorite of the crypto mining community for many years thanks to its competitive prices.
The company started to take payments in Bitcoin back in 2014, around the time of the first serious crypto boom.
Overstock is a well-known online retailer. It has been in business for more than 20 years, selling a variety of homewares.
The company’s CEO—Patrick Byrne—is a crypto evangelist. His store has accepted crypto payments for a few years, but he has recently suggested he wants to sell the retail arm of the business entirely to focus on blockchain technology.
Fancy booking a vacation with crypto? If so, you need to head to CheapAir. The company has accepted Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dash payments since 2013.
You can use your crypto to book flights, hotels, cars, and other services that the site offers.
Insurance giant AXA decided to branch out into crypto in late 2017 with a new service called Fizzy.
Fizzy uses smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain to provide customers with flight insurance. It protects against delays and cancellations. If your flight is more than two hours late, the smart contact activates automatically and reimburses you immediately—you don’t even need to report the delay to the insurance provider.
11. Virgin Galactic
If you’ve got a spare $250,000 lying around, you can use Bitcoin to buy yourself a trip into space with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. That’s exactly what the Winklevoss twins did in 2014.
Sadly, with 700 people on the waiting list and no space flights yet planned, you might be waiting for a while even if you do cough up the cash.
4chan is a bit like Reddit, but with a more incendiary userbase and a smaller selection of subreddits (“boards” in 4chan-speak).
If you’re a 4chan power user, you might consider buying a 4Chan Pass. Its main benefit is the remove of CAPTCHA verification when making new posts. Since October 2018, 4chan has accepted Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash if you want to buy a pass.
BigFishGames is the company behind dozens of the world’s most popular smartphone games and online games.
The company accepts Bitcoins, but there are some limitations. For example, if you pay in Bitcoin, you are not eligible for a refund, you can’t use Bitcoin for reoccurring payments, and Bitcoin payments are only available on games that are priced in U.S. dollars.
MovieTickets is one of the world’s leading sites for buying theatre tickets. The company is a joint partnership between AMC and Hollywood.com.
Although not available everywhere, more than 900 movie theatres now accept Bitcoin payments thanks to the service.
In what could be a precursor of what to expect in the future, T-Mobile in Poland has allowed its users to top up their prepaid phones with additional credit using Bitcoin since early 2018.
The project is an ongoing trial; it will be interesting to see whether it is deemed a success and rolled out to more markets.
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These companies are among the early trailblazers, but they are far from being the only businesses that accept crypto.
We’d love to know which companies we can add to this list, so let us know which companies you know that accept crypto payments in the comments below.