Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash are reportedly expanding to 10,000 points of sale throughout France.
Digycode first rolled out its crypto coupons last year. The startup says it’s now expanding to over 10,000 shops through a collaboration with Paris-based payments giant Ingenico, according to local news outlet Cryptonaute. The leading payments firm reported $2.8 billion in revenue in 2017.
“‘The deployment of Digycode is the result of a partnership between Digital Service and Ingenico, and tobacconists equipped with a Devlyx cash registerare, therefore eligible to sell our product for their customers, commented Christopher Villegas, CEO of Digital Service.”
The crypto startup will offer prepaid recharge coupons that can be purchased in three available increments – 20, 50, or 200 euro – by visiting any of the supported locations. Once a customer redeems the coupon on Digycode’s website by using a secret code, the euro is converted into crypto.The company says crypto balances will appear in the user’s crypto wallet as soon as the transaction is confirmed.
Tobacco shops are selling crypto despite regulatory uncertainty.
France’s tobacco federation was granted permission to sell crypto from the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority, according to a report from the French radio network Europe 1.
But France’s central bank is singing a different tune, saying it has not approved retail sales of cryptocurrency. In addition, the Financial Markets Authority, which regulates the country’s stock market, has issued a statement saying no company is licensed to sell crypto in stores.