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April 17, 2012, 11:18:06 PM
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There are lots of metrics in favour of Bitcoin like the one in Forbes that said the black market is worth 10 trillion dollars and they need a global currency or if only 1% of global transactions went though Bitcoin each coin would be worth ~$64,000.

But this is my favourite:

80% of the worlds population do not have a bank account.

Thats 5.6 Billion people on earth do not have a bank account, let alone a credit card.

20 Million adults in the U.S don't have bank accounts.
1 Million adults in the U.K don't have bank accounts.



 

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April 17, 2012, 11:23:08 PM
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There are lots of metrics in favour of Bitcoin like the one in Forbes that said the black market is worth 10 trillion dollars and they need a global currency or if only 1% of global transactions went though Bitcoin each coin would be worth ~$64,000.

But this is my favourite:

80% of the worlds population do not have a bank account.

Thats 5.6 Billion people on earth do not have a bank account, let alone a credit card.

20 Million adults in the U.S don't have bank accounts.
1 Million adults in the U.K don't have bank accounts.


And how many smartphone users are there again?

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April 18, 2012, 12:28:54 AM
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There are lots of metrics in favour of Bitcoin like the one in Forbes that said the black market is worth 10 trillion dollars and they need a global currency or if only 1% of global transactions went though Bitcoin each coin would be worth ~$64,000.

But this is my favourite:

80% of the worlds population do not have a bank account.

Thats 5.6 Billion people on earth do not have a bank account, let alone a credit card.

20 Million adults in the U.S don't have bank accounts.
1 Million adults in the U.K don't have bank accounts.


And how many smartphone users are there again?

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http://www.quora.com/How-many-smartphone-users-are-there-worldwide

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April 18, 2012, 01:14:02 AM
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There are lots of metrics in favour of Bitcoin like the one in Forbes that said the black market is worth 10 trillion dollars and they need a global currency or if only 1% of global transactions went though Bitcoin each coin would be worth ~$64,000.

But this is my favourite:

80% of the worlds population do not have a bank account.

Thats 5.6 Billion people on earth do not have a bank account, let alone a credit card.

20 Million adults in the U.S don't have bank accounts.
1 Million adults in the U.K don't have bank accounts.


And how many smartphone users are there again?

~Bruno~


http://www.quora.com/How-many-smartphone-users-are-there-worldwide

Therefore, the Bitcoin niche user would be a smartphone owner that doesn't have a bank account. And that number is? (I remember seeing that somewhere, but would be great to read it again in this informative thread)

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April 18, 2012, 01:58:51 AM
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There are lots of metrics in favour of Bitcoin like the one in Forbes that said the black market is worth 10 trillion dollars and they need a global currency or if only 1% of global transactions went though Bitcoin each coin would be worth ~$64,000.

But this is my favourite:

80% of the worlds population do not have a bank account.

Thats 5.6 Billion people on earth do not have a bank account, let alone a credit card.

20 Million adults in the U.S don't have bank accounts.
1 Million adults in the U.K don't have bank accounts.


Liking the first stat, but yeah as the others said about your second stat. If they don't have a bank account, they're probably too poor to afford a computer or a smartphone to even use bitcoin.

Bit of a shame really. Fiat money will always be more accessible to these people than bitcoin.

Out of interest, how big is silkroad these days? Still growing in userbase and listings?

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April 18, 2012, 02:07:38 AM
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80% of the worlds population do not have anything to put in a bank account.

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April 18, 2012, 02:12:45 AM
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I'll take this convo back to a past convo related to M-PESA.  If someone can get bitcoins to where they can be "texted" then you might be able to compete and even give some lower fees than this existing 15 million user base system of texting to pay your grocery bill (and any other store/person) in Kenya.

I'm pretty sure something like this may be in development or already exist, but if that picks up and saves some fees, then we could start cracking into those non banked market share.

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April 18, 2012, 02:19:26 AM
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I'll take this convo back to a past convo related to M-PESA.  If someone can get bitcoins to where they can be "texted" then you might be able to compete and even give some lower fees than this existing 15 million user base system of texting to pay your grocery bill (and any other store/person) in Kenya.

I'm pretty sure something like this may be in development or already exist, but if that picks up and saves some fees, then we could start cracking into those non banked market share.

Correct: http://mobilemoneyafrica.com/category/news/south-africa/page/2/

ABSA (Barclays) bank is/has implemented this in Africa. The concept is Mobile Banking whereby your bank account is linked to your mobile phone and small payments can be sent quickly and easily within existing infrastructure.

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April 18, 2012, 02:29:15 AM
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http://mashable.com/2012/03/21/bitcoin-africa/

I hadn't seen this yet.  It was written about a month ago. 

German software developer Rüdiger Koch, a consultant to the U.K.-based bitcoin exchange Intersango, recently traveled to speak at the Mobile Money Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria.

Woot!  I hope this takes off, cuz that's exactly the critical mass we need to have this become global!

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April 18, 2012, 02:40:12 AM
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http://mashable.com/2012/03/21/bitcoin-africa/

I hadn't seen this yet.  It was written about a month ago. 

German software developer Rüdiger Koch, a consultant to the U.K.-based bitcoin exchange Intersango, recently traveled to speak at the Mobile Money Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria.

Woot!  I hope this takes off, cuz that's exactly the critical mass we need to have this become global!

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Last month, the largest exchange where bitcoins could be traded for dollars unexpectedly closed because of what it called “increasing regulation.”

WTF are they talking about? MtGox closed?  Or is it desinformation? They can't be talking about TradeHill, at least not on those terms lol

oops, just saw people already corrected them on the comments, namely evoorhees.

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April 18, 2012, 02:51:39 AM
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http://mashable.com/2012/03/21/bitcoin-africa/

I hadn't seen this yet.  It was written about a month ago. 

German software developer Rüdiger Koch, a consultant to the U.K.-based bitcoin exchange Intersango, recently traveled to speak at the Mobile Money Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria.

Woot!  I hope this takes off, cuz that's exactly the critical mass we need to have this become global!

From that article
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Last month, the largest exchange where bitcoins could be traded for dollars unexpectedly closed because of what it called “increasing regulation.”

WTF are they talking about? MtGox closed?  Or is it desinformation? They can't be talking about TradeHill, at least not on those terms lol

oops, just saw people already corrected them on the comments, namely evoorhees.

Ya, I almost started hating on it as well, but if you ignore that one misinfo, the rest is frickin awesome.

Everyone makes mistakes... I'm sure reporters do it too.  They should have hired a bitcoin consultant *cough, me!* to review it for them...

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April 18, 2012, 03:20:17 AM
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http://mashable.com/2012/03/21/bitcoin-africa/

I hadn't seen this yet.  It was written about a month ago. 

German software developer Rüdiger Koch, a consultant to the U.K.-based bitcoin exchange Intersango, recently traveled to speak at the Mobile Money Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria.

Woot!  I hope this takes off, cuz that's exactly the critical mass we need to have this become global!

From that article
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Last month, the largest exchange where bitcoins could be traded for dollars unexpectedly closed because of what it called “increasing regulation.”

WTF are they talking about? MtGox closed?  Or is it desinformation? They can't be talking about TradeHill, at least not on those terms lol

oops, just saw people already corrected them on the comments, namely evoorhees.

Ya, I almost started hating on it as well, but if you ignore that one misinfo, the rest is frickin awesome1.

Everyone makes mistakes2... I'm sure reporters do it too.  They should have hired a bitcoin consultant *cough, me!* to review it for them...

haha

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2- Confirmed by personal experience Tongue

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April 18, 2012, 05:04:16 AM
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April 20, 2012, 10:51:30 AM
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"Providing financial services to the 2.5 billion people who are 'unbanked' could boost economic growth and opportunity for the world's poor," says World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/19/business/poor-bank-accounts/index.html?hpt=hp_t3


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April 20, 2012, 11:13:22 AM
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Quote from: Phinnaeus Gage link=topic=77076.msg855910#msg855910
And how many smartphone users are there again?
http://www.quora.com/How-many-smartphone-users-are-there-worldwide

This isn't the key number.

We're talking about bitcoins future so we should consider the trickle down of technology.  Just as the poorer parts of the world are now using mobile phones that the rich parts were using 10 years ago; so too in ten years the poorer parts of the world will be using the smart phones that the rich parts are using now.

The key question then is "how many mobile phone users are there worldwide"?

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500395_162-6209772.html

4.6 billion seems to be the answer.  1 billion of whom already have smartphones.

Regardless of whether they have bank accounts or not -- they are bitcoin's potential market.  Or will become so as smartphone technology finds its way into their hands.

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April 20, 2012, 04:52:52 PM
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For reference, I have spent a lot of time in Thailand and even learning the Thai language.  If you wander around you'll find lots of poverty and homeless.  However what is amazing is that every single one of them has a cell-phone!  Even when we went out to the middle of nowhere in a desert area with little huts/tents.  I didn't see any electricity hookups, but they all had cellphones.   I have no idea how they even charge them!  One of them using it to play music on speakerphone.   But I don't know if they have service plans with those phones... maybe they just play games an music with them?  Seems unlikely.

Wiki has a list of cellphone ownership rates, showing Thailand with 105% ownership.  From looking at the list, there's actually quite a few such countries, and some of them are places that have high poverty rates, and likely low bank-account-owning rates.  So contrary to some of the replies to this thread, I think there are quite a few places where Bitcoin on the phone can really catch on.  Only problem with Thailand is that their currency has almost an identical symbol Undecided

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Only problem with Thailand is that their currency has almost an identical symbol Undecided

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April 22, 2012, 01:12:03 PM
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There are lots of metrics in favour of Bitcoin like the one in Forbes that said the black market is worth 10 trillion dollars and they need a global currency or if only 1% of global transactions went though Bitcoin each coin would be worth ~$64,000.

What makes you think that all the people on the black market would switch to bitcoins, if only people doing illegal things used bitcoins? The only entry points into BTC are the exchanges or mining, and if 90% of btc traffic was illegal stuff, the exchanges at least would be under massive scrutiny.

Isn't it also far more advantageous to have a currency you can actually spend in useful ways? If all you could get by selling weapons was btc, and you could only buy other weapons for btc...would anyone bother with btc? There's no non-weapon profit to be had, whereas there is tons if you go via USD.

It doesn't make sense to expect or rely on the idea that an exclusive use of bitcoins by the black market would make a bitcoin extremely valuable. If everyone in the world accepted bitcoins for goods/services, then they might add demand if they can use it almost anonymously.
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April 22, 2012, 01:52:59 PM
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The world bank isnt Bitcoin in their interest?

Should they not invest in Bitcoin?
 

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April 22, 2012, 03:47:56 PM
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The world bank isnt Bitcoin in their interest?

Should they not invest in Bitcoin?
 
When they are done with their feeding frenzy of debt-based financial instruments, Bitcoin will be their wafer thin mint.


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