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March 24, 2016, 09:40:07 AM
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It’s noteworthy to say that I live in UK and I get paid in bitcoin. I also do a lot of travelling so I thought I would do my own review since all the ones I see are out of date and bias.


 
#1 – Wirex [UPDATED] wirexapp.com
This is a 2-way bitcoin card (just annouced and tested), which means you can keep both bitcoins and fiat (USD, EUR, GBP) in your account, and switch between them as you wish. Plastic card for $ 17 and Virtual for $3. Has both Visa and MasterCard.
They offer unnamed cards, and no documents are required if you load it up to $2500.  Verified users have no load limits. Both verified and unverified have no daily spend limits, regarding to number of purchases and their values.
Has below average fees, although not always the lowest. The v2.1 version update has exchange rate very close to market price. Impressive. 1% when converting BTC to fiat, $2,50 when using the ATM.  They ship to 130+ countries, the highest number announced so far. No annuity.
They’re the only service with 24/7 support, and they’re very fast. It really counts when you are abroad and need help with some issue (see below my experience with Xapo).
The Wirex app is a big plus. I was a beta tester and it is pretty slick. Works like a charm for being in beta.

Wirex get the nod simply because they offer the most services, offer the best support and even if the service is not perfect I do not see anyone providing a better service at this time.

#2 Bit-X www.bit-x.com
Bit-X offers many services like E-Coin. They have the smallest fee, which is 0.5% BTC to fiat. They ship to the US, which is rare among the cards I’ve been researching. The plastic costs 0.13BTC and they don’t offer a virtual card.
They also accept you to top-up your card with LTC. Fiat is USD, EUR and GBP.
The account needs to be verified, and there are limits. Your account can’t have more than $15,000, and you’re limited to a daily €2600 use. Their ATM fees are the worse, ranging from $3.9 up to U$9 in some cases.
They have a low conversion fee and might be the best option for occasional use, although they charge inactivity fees.

#3 ANX www.anxbtc.com
A great card too. Offered in both USD and HKD. They delivery to the US, but have some flaws as the price (0.15btc) and lacks a mobile app. They have no loading fees.
Their ATM service is not that good. $1000 daily limit and a 1% withdraw fee, if its greater than $3. Their help desk is very slow.
 
#4 – Criptopay www.cryptopay.me/bitcoin-debit-card
Another card very like the above. Also has a 1% BTC to fiat fee. They don’t offer a virtual card, and the plastic costs €15. Only EUR and GBP.
They have balance limits, which is €20,000. Withdraw limit rages from €200 to €1000, and costs €2,75. Their costumer service isn’t bad, took 4h to solve my ticket (that’s below average, which was 13h). They charge a monthly fee of GBP 1.00
 
#5 – Xapo www.xapo.com
Xapo is known for being a wallet and vault with a useful mobile app. They offer a plastic Visa card, and it costs $20. Available in USD, EUR and GBP I got a free card some months ago, by having more than $30 on their wallet, but don’t know if this promotion is still going on.
They have a low fee of 1% for BTC conversion and $2.50 for ATM withdraw. They balance stays only in bitcoin, and is converted in the moment you use the card. They don’t have limits for verified users. There’s annuity fee and inactivity charge.
Why are they #5? Their website/app is not user-friendly. Their help desk sucks. Although they answered me in 1 hour, it took days to solve my problem. I was travelling through the US and relied on my Xapo debit card for everything. I had almost no cash at all. When I needed to use an ATM, my card got blocked. That’s why the pin they ask you to create when activating your card isn’t the one used for withdrawing cash at ATM’s. I should’ve called to their provider service to get an ATM PIN, but they haven’t told me that in the card activation instructions. Result: Had no cash and no debit card to use for the rest of my trip. Luckily I managed to find a p2p buyer at localbitcoins.
 
#6 AdvCash – www.advcash.com
They’re supposed to have a low 0.5% fee, but there’s a HIDDEN fee of 2% in all bitcoin deposits. That’s bad.
They offer both plastic and virtual cards, USD, EUR, GBP and RUB. The plastic costs only $4,99.
The fee for ATM use is $1,99, with daily use limit of $3000 and balance limit of $10.000. Helpdesk took 4 days to answer me.
 
 
 
#7 Neteller
They don’t allow you to spend or withdraw funds which came from bitcoin. Useful for betting houses only.

Please offer feedback and I will update and try to be as independent as I can.

Wagecan- needs review

Shift Payments- needs review

Spectrocoin- needs review

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March 24, 2016, 09:46:46 AM
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If I am missing cards please post them below and rate them. The more feedback we can get the better the review.

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March 24, 2016, 10:26:49 AM
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Thanks for this, its super helpful comparison.

Another fan for Wirex/E-Coin app here. It works better than the website, imho. I can add that I use my E-Coin card outside of USD/GBP/EUR, so everything I swipe on it carries an extra 3% Mastercard fee. ATM withdrawal is $3.50.

Do you know if the rest of the cards can be used to buy btc? I know Wirex can but not sure about the rest.

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March 24, 2016, 10:37:01 AM
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EDIT AUGUST 2016: The OP here is out of date! There are scamming accusations against Spectrocoin and OP hasn't updated the list in months.

I have a list of bitcoin cards up, feel free to check it out. Would you mind if I linked your post from there?

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1242788.0
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March 24, 2016, 02:13:34 PM
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You missed Spectrocoin debit card.https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1332499.0

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March 24, 2016, 02:35:12 PM
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If I am missing cards please post them below and rate them. The more feedback we can get the better the review.

You might like to add Taiwan based WageCan and US based CoinBase's Shift. I'd also recommend to remove BitPlastic, as it is a known scam by Michael Moriarity.
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March 24, 2016, 03:20:52 PM
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Bitplastic is an old and well know scam, you shouldn't be giving it more visibility unless you're warning people to stay away from it.

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March 24, 2016, 03:30:04 PM
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Bitplastic is an old and well know scam, you shouldn't be giving it more visibility unless you're warning people to stay away from it.

Thanks about that. I removed them. Interestingly they are still up top in google searches. I had one a while back. It was poor service, but I used it.

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March 24, 2016, 03:54:39 PM
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You missed Spectrocoin debit card.https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1332499.0


Can you rate Spectrocoin? What is unique? Where would you rate them?

If I am missing cards please post them below and rate them. The more feedback we can get the better the review.


You might like to add Taiwan based WageCan and US based CoinBase's Shift. I'd also recommend to remove BitPlastic, as it is a known scam by Michael Moriarity.

Thanks good pick up. I have no tried Wagecan of Shift. Could you rate them overall? Where would you place both?

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March 24, 2016, 05:12:39 PM
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That's nice, I have a list of bitcoin cards up, feel free to check it out. Would you mind if I linked your post from there?

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1242788.0

Yes that would be great. I will go through your post. The more reviews the better.

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March 24, 2016, 06:33:52 PM
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Is the fee for conversion from BTC to fiat in addition to currency exchange fees?

Unless you are obsessed with anonymity, it might be easier to use an exchange which charges about 0.25% to convert from btc to fiat, and minimal fees for withdrawing to your bank where you can spend it on your normal debit card.

These bitcoin card providers need to lower their fees considerably to make them attractive.

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March 24, 2016, 11:06:09 PM
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You missed Spectrocoin debit card.https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1332499.0


Can you rate Spectrocoin? What is unique? Where would you rate them?


I never used Spectrocoin debit card, but I saw good users reviews about it. This one of the cheapest debit cards, it costs only $9 and virtual debit card costs $0.50, and they have low monthly fee - $1. And I know that Spectrocoin debit card available to add to Paypal account.

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March 25, 2016, 06:51:04 AM
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You missed Spectrocoin debit card.https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1332499.0


Can you rate Spectrocoin? What is unique? Where would you rate them?


I never used Spectrocoin debit card, but I saw good users reviews about it. This one of the cheapest debit cards, it costs only $9 and virtual debit card costs $0.50, and they have low monthly fee - $1. And I know that Spectrocoin debit card available to add to Paypal account.


OK I am looking more into them. Thanks

I have looked at these reviews and they are all over the wall. They make no sense as I know the fees are just random. First off cards should have the same fees from the same companies. Xapo, E-Coin should have the same fees for different currencies.  https://www.cryptocompare.com/wallets/#/cards

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March 25, 2016, 12:52:53 PM
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Didn't know E-coin has an app, is this limited only to a few accounts or available for everyone even if its in beta?

And nope, I can't find it in big G's playstore.
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March 25, 2016, 01:52:17 PM
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I believe xapo provides the best bitcoin debit card. I am using xapo and I like it very much. We don't need to pay debit card fees when ordering. Xapo ships the card to our address and when we receive and confirm it then xapo take the fee from our wallet balance which is also very reasonable.

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March 25, 2016, 01:56:50 PM
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I believe xapo provides the best bitcoin debit card. I am using xapo and I like it very much. We don't need to pay debit card fees when ordering. Xapo ships the card to our address and when we receive and confirm it then xapo take the fee from our wallet balance which is also very reasonable.

Thanks for the feedback. I will try to get more feedback and update the rankings soon. Any experience with any other cards?

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March 25, 2016, 02:36:10 PM
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Didn't know E-coin has an app, is this limited only to a few accounts or available for everyone even if its in beta?

And nope, I can't find it in big G's playstore.

the app is in beta, will released very soon.
It is called Wirex, as we are in the process of re-branding, but it will work with your E-Coin account as normal
Already available in Apple Store, Google Play coming shortly.

www.e-coin.io - Bitcoin Debit Card & Multi-Sig Wallet
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March 25, 2016, 02:53:55 PM
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I'm little confused, are E-Coin & Wirex have same owner or they are seperated into 2 different names?
Also, will you review E-coin's app when it's released?

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March 26, 2016, 09:17:07 AM
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@ OP i suggest you add SpectroCoin.com to your list of bitcoin debit cards services, though no direct experience with them yet, they have reasonable prices and good customer service.

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March 26, 2016, 01:09:35 PM
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Neteller Still leading for Virtual Card ( mastercard ) Work for AWS Amazon ebay etc , VCC must same in billing account ( AVS ) . Number 2 ADVcash virtual or Plastic Card ( mastercard ) .

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