Opera has announced that users of its mobile and desktop apps can now buy cryptocurrency through the browser using Apple Pay.

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Opera was the first browser to include a built-in crypto wallet across its iOS and Mac browsers, and was one of the first to protect users against disguised online cryptocurrency mining, or "cryptojacking."

In partnership with Wyre, a US cryptocurrency-brokerage firm, the Norwegian company is now letting Opera users in the U.S. purchase Bitcoin and Ethereum using a debit card or ‌Apple Pay‌.

Charles Hamel, head of crypto at Opera browsers, explained how this integration supports Opera's long-term vision of making blockchain technology relevant beyond speculation:

"Allowing our users to easily load cryptocurrency into their browser's digital wallet is very powerful, as it connects the Web to a global internet-native payment network.

"In the past, obtaining cryptocurrencies was a cumbersome process that took hours or even days. When you compare it with this seamless solution, which takes less than 30 seconds, it really is a gamechanger," added Hamel.

Easy crypto top ups are available in iOS browser Opera Touch as well as in the crypto wallet available in its desktop browser. As for users outside the U.S., Opera says it plans to introduce a similar crypto-purchasing feature to more countries "very soon."


Opera Touch is available for iPhone and iPad in several languages and can be downloaded directly from the App Store. [Direct Link] The Opera browser for Mac Desktop is a free download available on the Opera website.

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Top Rated Comments

RoelJuun Avatar
33 months ago

For what? To lose your real money in a magic money pyramid scheme that is price manipulated by crooked exchanges owned by the most corrupt people imaginable?
Are you talking about fiat currency such as the dollar? Because that is no real money too and is a pyramid scheme manipulated by a crooked company (Federal Reserve).
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bobob Avatar
33 months ago
^ None of that is stopping MacRumors from giving it a full unquestioned front page article promoting it.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
B4U Avatar
33 months ago
Ever since Opera was sold to China, I removed it promptly...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sakagura Avatar
33 months ago
For what? To lose your real money in a magic money pyramid scheme that is price manipulated by crooked exchanges owned by the most corrupt people imaginable?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
33 months ago

Indeed. There’s no way they’ll allow this to continue, given their stance on crypto.

Lots of card providers actually block crypto purchases at source - I wonder if that’d still apply, what with Apple Pay being an intermediary?
There's plenty of popular crypto apps that have been around for a long time, like Square Cash and Coinbase.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FelixDerKater Avatar
33 months ago
Now that ordinary currencies will crash under the plague...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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