Opera Browser Now Allows In-App BTC and ETH Purchase for U.S.-Based Users

Siamak Masnavi

On Tuesday (March 17), Opera Norway, the maker of the popular Opera web browser, announced that both the iOS and Android versions of its mobile app are now allowing users based in the U.S. to buy Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) directly from the browser's built-in crypto wallet.

Oslo-headquartered Opera, which was founded in 1995, announced via a press release shared with CryptoGlobe that this feature has been implemented thanks to a partnership with payment solutions provider Wyre

The idea is that users of the iOS version of the Opera browser will be able to buy crypto from within the app using Apple Pay, and in the case of the Android version, users can purchase crypto using debit cards.

Opera first announced support for purchasing crypto via its mobile web browser on 6 February 2019. Back then, you could only purchase Ether, and the service was only available to users based in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.  

The maximum amount of BTC or ETH that you can buy each day is $250; there is a $0.30 fee plus a 2.9% transaction commission.

Regarding the daily purchase limit, Opera's Head of Crypto Charles Hamel told Coindesk:

"As our browser-based wallet is focused around the usage of cryptocurrencies on the web and using dApps, we expect the vast majority of transactions will not hit that limit."

Opera says that it is planning to add support for crypto top-ups in other countries "soon."

In the case of the iOS verion, Hamel is quite proud of the fact that users will be able to purchase crypto in less than 30 seconds:

“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."

Featured Image Courtesy of Opera Norway