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Paypal Starts Crypto Service: CEO Reveals Increased Limits

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1604616008936″ css=”.vc_custom_1604616008935{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Payments giant Paypal has revealed more details of its new cryptocurrency service. The company is currently rolling out crypto functionality to U.S. customers, after which it will launch the service internationally and on the Venmo platform.

Paypal CEO Dan Schulman provided new details of the company’s new cryptocurrency service during the Q3 2020 earnings call on Monday. Paypal recently announced that its customers will be able to buy, hold, and sell cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, directly from their Paypal accounts. Cryptocurrencies in Paypal accounts can also be used to pay for purchases at 28 million stores worldwide.

“Clearly the world is rapidly moving from physical to digital and that’s so true for payments and financial services,” Schulman began. He added that based on his conversations with central banks and people in the crypto industry, “there’s no question that digital currencies are going to be rising in importance, having increasing functionality and increasing prominence.” The CEO also believes that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) “are a matter of when and how they are done, not if.”

He claims that Paypal, with its digital wallets and the scale it currently has, “can help shape the utility of those currencies.” The CEO opined: “I do think that our platform and the new digital infrastructure that we are putting in place right now can help make that management and movement of money more efficient and less expensive and faster.”

Regarding Paypal’s recently announced crypto service, the CEO shared: “Our base is very eager for us to offer these capabilities. It really came up very high on their wish list.” He additionally revealed:

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_to_container”][vc_column][ultimate_spacer height=”90″][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1604615942349″ css=”.vc_custom_1604615942349{background-image: url( !important;}”][vlt_particle image_size=”leedo-800×600″ y=”-100″ x=”0″ image=”1241″ style=”bottom: -90px; left: calc(-160px – 15px); max-width: 250px;”][vlt_particle image_size=”leedo-800×600″ y=”100″ x=”0″ image=”1245″ style=”top: -75px; right: calc(-75px + 15px); max-width: 150px;”][vlt_image_slider images_type=”custom” dots=”” nav=”1″ images=”1267,1314,1315″ images_height_desktop=”570px” images_height_tablet=”100%”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][ultimate_spacer height=”90″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1604616081872″ css=”.vc_custom_1604616081872{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Schulman, who previously disclosed that he owns bitcoin, elaborated:

But what I’m really excited about is what we are going to introduce next year, which I think is going to dramatically increase the utility of cryptocurrencies by enabling somebody who holds a cryptocurrency in a Paypal account to instantaneously transfer that crypto into fiat currency.

He explained that no additional integration is needed at the 28 million merchants and cryptocurrency transactions are “immediately settled into fiat,” adding that this method is “a lower-cost funding mechanism” for Paypal.

In conclusion, Schulman said that besides the plans detailed above, “Over the course of next year, you will see us move into a couple of different areas,” noting that he sees “a lot of interesting things” Paypal can do with cryptocurrencies. The CEO emphasized that his company is “Working hand-in-hand with regulators every step of the way which is so important in what they expect from us in order to be a market leader in the digital currency space.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]