Three ways to easily buy Bitcoins in the UK and a new British exchange

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If you live in the United Kingdom, you probably know that buying Bitcoins is not as easy as some people might think. Nevertheless, it’s possible, whether you choose the harder or the easier way.

The hard way means you have to register with a Bitcoin exchange, which is never easy: there are a lot of barriers to overcome, especially when it comes to prove your identity. So here are some tips to make all the process easier, using services based in the UK that will allow you to perform this operation via a bank transfer payment.

Bittylicious

bitUsing this service is quite simple. To join and use Bittylicious, you will need to follow these steps.

  1. add its bank details as a recipient in your online banking account
  2. when you want to make a purchase, log on, paste in your Bitcoin address and the amount you want to buy
  3. send the requisite amount of fiat currency to the Bittylicious’ bank account, which will send a payment to the seller that contributed the Bitcoin for sale

BitBargain

barThis UK-based service allows you to purchase Bitcoin via British bank transfers and other services like PingIT, from Barclays, or NoChex. Using BitBargain, you can also buy and sell Litecoin. There’s some identity verification, but it’s easy to do.

  1. tell the website how much of which currency you want to buy and what will be your payment method
  2. BitBargain will match you up with potential sellers and you can check their “bitrating” to know if you’re dealing with sellers with good records
  3. once a deal has been accepted by a seller, keep your browser open to follow the process between you and the seller who will signal acceptance of the deal and receipt of payment
  4. the coins will automatically be sent to you

LocalBitcoins

locThis website allows you to find a Bitcoiner that can sell you some Bitcoins in person, but you also of doing a remote buying.

  1. fill your information on the website: where are you, how much you want to buy and the payment method you will use
  2. the website will propose some options and you can choose your favorite seller
  3. LocalBitcoins will act as a third-party escrow to ensure the trade is successfully completed

So now you have three options to easily buy Bitcoins in the United Kingdom. However, we can also tell you that there’s a virtual currency exchange based in the country that is set to launch really soon. In Bitcoin We Trust (IBWT ) will initially be working exclusively with Bitcoin, but the platform is already thinking about expanding to include Litecoin and other digital currencies in a near future.

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This exchange will accept British pounds, but wants to start accepting euros, as well. US dollars are also part of the plan, but the company will wait to see how the market and the regulators deal with Bitcoin before moving forward.

Being one of the first UK exchanges in the ecosystem, IBWT plans to make transactions easier for British Bitcoiners. Besides serving as a secure exchange, the platform will also work to provide top customer service with fees of 0.8 percent per transaction.

Via bitcoinmagazine.com and coindesk.com

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Maria Santos

Maria is an experienced journalist currently living in the UK. She has been writing about Bitcoin and the altcoin universe since 2013. She is also a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's New Money Systems Board and a big cryptocurrency supporter.

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