Bitcoin Above USD 16,400 as More PayPal Users Start Buying Crypto

Bitcoin Above USD 16,400 as More PayPal Users Start Buying Crypto 101
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Bitcoin (BTC) extended its gains following the news that online payments giant PayPal opened its new crypto services to all its users in the US (excluding Hawaii), doubling the maximum dollar amount that could be spent on cryptoassets.

“We are pleased to announce that all eligible PayPal accountholders in the US can now buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency directly with PayPal,” the company said yesterday.

At pixel time (04:33 UTC), BTC trades at USD 16,422 and is up by 5% in a day and almost 6% in a week. Among the top 10 coins by market capitalization, the most popular cryptocurrency is outperformed only by litecoin (LTC) (+6%, USD 62) which is is also available on PayPal.

The company is also offering ethereum (ETH) and bitcoin cash (BCH). ETH is up by 1% to USD 464, BCH advanced by 2% to USD 259.

In its FAQ section, PayPal confirmed that it has doubled the maximum dollar amount for weekly cryptocurrency purchases to USD 20,000, or more than was planned two weeks ago (USD 15,000). The maximum dollar amount for any single crypto purchase is also USD 20,000.

Also, until December 31, there are no extra fees for using these new services.

The company rolled out these services to 10% of its customers in the US around two weeks ago.

Back then, Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal, said that their customers are “very eager” to start using crypto and their waiting list of new crypto users exceeded their expectations by “2-3” times.

As reported, the company plans to expand its new crypto services to other countries as well as Venmo, the company’s digital wallet app, in the first half of 2021.
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