Wirex Expands to the U.S.

  • Wirex, which has 4.5 million users across Europe and Asia, launched its crypto-to-fiat services in the U.S. today to all U.S. users, except those in New York and Hawaii
  • The company is partnering with Zero Hash, Checkout.com, Visa, and Sutton Bank for the distribution of its crypto-enabled debit card
  • The launch comes 18 months after Wirex received its first money transmission license in the U.S.

Remember in 2020 when we wrote that Wirex was “inching” toward a U.S. launch? Well, the slow crawl is over; the cryptocurrency payments platform announced it has officially expanded its services to the U.S.

Wirex’s platform, which enables users to buy, store, exchange, and spend fiat currency and more than 37 cryptocurrencies, is leveraging partnerships with Zero Hash, Checkout.com, Visa, and Sutton Bank to distribute its crypto-enabled debit card to American users. The London-based company is expanding beyond the EEA and APAC regions, where it already serves 4.5 million users.

“U.S. users have been demanding an alternative to traditional forms of payments that are antiquated, slow and non-transparent, and that’s where Wirex steps in,” said Wirex USA Managing Director Harold Montgomery. “We’re known for upholding regulatory and licensing standards where required, and applying industry-best practices where regulations don’t yet exist. American customers can expect the same level of compliance.”

Founded in 2014, Wirex’s app links to a Visa debit card that allows customers to spend their cryptocurrency online and in-store at over 61 million locations. Additionally, the company offers free domestic and international ATM withdrawals, no annual fee, zero exchange fees, near instant crypto transactions, live transaction notifications, and the ability to instantly top up via their debit card with zero fees.

Today’s launch comes 18 months after the company received its first money transmission license in the U.S. from the State of Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. Starting today, Wirex’s services are available to users in all states except New York and Hawaii. The company said it will launch in those regions later this year.

In December of last year, Wirex launched its non-custodial wallet, an app within the Wirex ecosystem that serves as a secure way for users to send, store, and receive digital assets. Earlier that month, Wirex invested five billion Wirex Tokens in a new, cross-chain DeFi lending protocol called Nereus.

Wirex has almost $8 million in funding. Pavel Matveev is CEO.

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