The Wirex company offers cryptocurrency wallets linked to debit cards, digital currency, and fiat currency. The firm provides a Wirex visa card that allows you to load it with cryptocurrencies and use for payment services and withdrawals just like a regular card.
It is important to note that the funds are deducted from cryptocurrency balance rather than fiat currency. Getting started with Wirex is free, but a specific fee is charged when you order a debit card. Wirex services can be accessed through the internet and mobile applications. The service supports the British Pound, the Euro, and the US Dollar. Under cryptocurrencies, Wirex supports Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, WAVES,XRP and WXT – their native token.
On the other, Crypto.com platform is on a mission to accelerate the world’s transition to cryptocurrency through various products and services. Under Crypto.com umbrella, it offers the MCO token, the Crypto.com Wallet & Card App, Crypto Invest service, and the MCO Visa Card. MCO card project deploys Mastercard and Visa backed payment processor set up on Ethereum.
Crypto.com customers have access to five types of cards that vary regarding features, rewards, and fees. Each card requires a certain amount of MCO staked as you can see below:
Both firms are building on their card services to penetrate the crypto payment services. The Wirex and Crypto.com cards are competing to be the cryptocurrency top payment option in the ever-expanding market. Here is how the Wirex Visa Card fairs against the MCO Visa card.
Most of the Wirex Visa card services are free. Holders of the card are required to pay a monthly management fee depending on the type of currency. We have £1.00, €1.20 and $1.50 that is deducted from the card on a monthly basis depending on the currency type. If your card has no funds, the charges go into negative figures. If no money is added to the account after two months, the card faces deactivation. For Wirex ATM transaction charges vary depending on the jurisdiction In Europe, ATM charges stand at £1.75, €2.25, and $2.50 while other regions outside of Europe are charged at £2.25, €2.75, and $3.50.
The Wirex card has maximum balance depending on the currency. Users are only required to only have $10,000, £7,500, €8,000 on the card at any one time.
The fees for Crypto.com Visa card vary based on the type of card. Unlike Wirex, all cards have no monthly maintenance fees. Each card has a 2% ATM fee after going over the monthly limit which ranges from $200 for the Midnight Blue to $1,000 for the Obsidian Black.
Wirex offers the crypto cash back reward that pays in Bitcoin. Holders of the Wirex Visa card earn 0.5% back in Bitcoins for all store purchases. Furthermore, the platform has unique bonuses for referring friends to the service. You get rewards in Bitcoin when your friend orders a Wirex Visa card and makes their first in-store purchase.
For MCO, rewards depend on the type of card you hold. The Midnight Blue has 1% cashback, the Ruby Steel have a 2% cashback and 100% rebate on Spotify, the Jade Green has a 3% cashback and 100% rebate on Spotify and Netflix and the Icy White has a 4% cashback, all the benefits from above and crypto.com private & amazon prime rebate.
The Obsidian card is the best Crypto.com Card with a 5% cashback and a lot of other benefits. The card is pretty expensive however, as it requires a 50,000 MCO to be staked at any time. Right now, that’s more than $100,000 – due to the recent crash. But before, that was even more than $200,000.
Moreover, Crypto.com have other benefits such as the Crypto earn program – which you can earn up to 18% interest per year. Notice: The amount is offered per year and not per day. There is no program that can guarantee even a 1% profit per day. Whoever claims that, is a scam.
But Crypto.com isn’t. The process is fairly easy. You ‘stake’ your cryptocurrency there while they use it to borrow other people and charge up to 20% interest per year. So they use investor’s funds to supply money to those in need willing to pay a high interest. Its a great model and the great part is that the funds are offered weekly so you can even try and gen some compound interest out of it.
They also have an Invest program which offers people the ability to invest in their already made packages of cryptocurrency based on the type of investor that you are ( Balanced, Conservative, Crypto HF)
That’s why we think that Crypto.com is a far better option than Wirex, for the simple fact that they have built and ecosystem over the years with interesting rewards for crypto enthusiasts.
Wirex card is available in some countries. Before the card is rolled out in different jurisdictions, it has to meet some regulations by the specific country. However, the card is not available in major countries like China or USA. Plans are underway to roll out the services in the United States. The list with the accepted countries where wirex is available can be found here.
Crypto.com Visa cards are not available in all regions. The initial plan by the team was to roll them out in Asia, Europe and then North America. At the moment, MCO Visa cards are available in: Singapore, Europe, Asia Pacific, United States and soon Canada.
The Wirex Visa Card uses the 3-D Secure program to protect online transactions. The program is used to link the financial authentication process with a web-based verification. 3-D stands a three-domain model namely, Acquirer Domain, Issuer Domain, and the Interoperability Domain. 3-D Secure offers an additional security layer for online debit card transactions. It prohibits any illegal payment, even if a cardholder’s card number is lost. Wirex cardholders can block the card from the website and mobile application and can be reactivated if recovered. Furthermore, Wirex card information is anonymous, and no employee has access to it. The information is secured by card proxies stored in the Wirex bank.
Crypto.com comes with some unique security features in web-based banking. In case a card has been stolen users can easily block in the mobile application. Additionally, users can switch on the contact-less payments and ATM use immediately. Users have to undergo the KYC and AML verification before receiving the MCO card. The card also comes with level one PCI DSS compliance.
When compared to Wirex card, the Crypto.com card has made a lot of progress since its inception. The security features are better, the app runs smoothly, the bonuses are better and it offers a bigger worldwide coverage. Basically, Crypto.com created more of an ecosystem than a simple app.
You can keep your funds safe there, stake them and receive interest per week ( up to 18% per year ), exchange them almost instantly in the crypto.com exchange and a lot of other features. At this point, Crypto.com is the leader of the cryptocurrency debit cards and their rewards are hard to beat.
Moreover, the fact that you can chose from 5 card models is a huge plus – as well as the fact that you can have Netflix, Spotify or Amazon Prime for free.
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