Bitcoin Product Spotlight

The Bitcoin and digital currency ecosystem is rapidly growing as engineers and designers are building new tools and products everyday. Some are using Bitcoin in novel ways, others are helping to grow adoption, and some are just fun side projects. As a community it is important to recognize this effort and help others find these products. We will showcase some of our favorites every week.

Here are five products we found interesting this week:

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37Coins helps promote bitcoin use without needing internet access. By utilizing the cell network, users can send and receive bitcoin via SMS. This can be great for adoption in countries and communities that don’t have web access. 37Coins developed a system that allows individuals to become SMS gateways with only an internet connection and an android phone. Those gateways can then be connected to by other users over SMS, with the gateway provider receiving a fee.

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a href= target=_blankShapeShift/a -


We fell in love with the simplicity ShapeShift provides in converting from BTC to LTC and viceversa. Just enter your Litecoin address and send your Bitcoin to the address they provide, or vice-versa. It takes the idea of a digital currency exchange to the next level, with no account needed to trade. The team has built a fantastic interface and experience that is only possible thanks to the unique characteristics of digital currencies.

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Having recently raised venture money, BitPagos is spearheading the movement to bring Bitcoin access to South America. BitPagos enables merchants to accept international credit cards and Bitcoin and receive all payouts in Bitcoin. By utilizing Bitcoin for payouts, BitPagos fee structure is easily able to undercut traditional competition. Recently BitPagos have moved to increase Bitcoin access in Argentina, as we talked about in countries in crisis, Bitcoin solutions are especially valuable when the local currency has onerous restrictions or is highly volatile, such is the case with the Argentinian Peso. In order to better serve Argentina, BitPagos launched Ripio, enabling Argentinians to purchase Bitcoin at more than 8,000 convenience stores through a partnership with a prepaid phone company. BitPagos has ambitious goals to get consumers and merchants to learn and adopt bitcoin throughout Latin America.

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With dozens of web wallets around, what we found great about RushWallet was how easy it was to create it. No sign up or email required. Just move your mouse around to generate your wallet and save your url. Everything is stored client-side and you can add a password for an extra layer of security. This wallet should only be used for quick transactions and small amounts. It should not be trusted with larger amounts or for a longer period of time. For more info see our Bitcoin Wallet Guide

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Gyft lets you buy and send gift cards and easily redeem them through your smartphones. Last year Gyft started accepting Bitcoin, enabling users to indirectly spend Bitcoin at major retailers using Gyft’s virtual gift cards. Recently, Gyft has enabled direct integration into the iPhone and Android Bitcoin Wallet, Pheeva. Gyft was launched in 2012 and was recently acquired by First Data Corporation, a major payments service company.

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