When I try to explain the use cases of Bitcoin to other people who may or may not have heard of cryptocurrency, it’s always a good idea to name a few things most people would benefit from. As a Belgian citizen, BItcoin is not too popular over here just yet, but there are some interesting use cases for sure.
Mobile Vikings is a MVNO in Belgium, The Netherlands and Poland. Unlike most mobile phone carriers, Mobile Vikings does not work with monthly contracts, nor is it a post-paid MVNO. This company is one of the very few remaining prepaid-only mobile service providers to be found in Europe.
While most of my friends may not be uding Mobile Vikings (just yet), it’s always a good topic to break the ice when talking about Bitcoin. Once I mention how I have been topping up my prepaid credit for over a year now without having to use my bank card, credit card or cash money in general, and use Bitcoin instead, you see a light bulb appear over their heads.
Granted, Mobile Vikings is currently the only mobile service provider in Belgium dabbling with Bitcoin payments, but someone has to be the first, right? While the “major” providers might be rather hesitant towards accepting cryptocurrency payments, the seed has been planted, which is all we can ask for right now.
Pizza.be – Food, food and more food!
We have all been there. You come home from work, you are tired, and worst of all, you are hungry. Opening the refridgerator shows you a bottle of Diet Coke, one apple and a jar of pickles. While I would happily eat a few handful of pickles on any other night, I want a decent warm meal for a change, but can’t be bothered to go out for food.
As in most countries, here in Belgium, we have several options available to order food online. The most well known services are Just-Eat and Pizza.be. While I am a big fan of Just-Eat, because of their occasional discounts of up to 25% on your order, they do not accept Bitcoin (yet).
Pizza.be on the other hand does accept Bitcoin as a payment method, and lists pretty much exactly the same restaurants you can find on Just-Eat. Don’ tlet the name Pizza.be fool you though, as there are a lot of food options to choose from besides pizza and pasta. I myself usually order kebab online (not the UK kind, no offense), and have it delivered at my door within 30-40 minutes.
This comes in especially handy when you have friend or family over. Most restaurants listed on Pizza.be offer a variety of food and dishes, so you can always find something for everybody. And, as with Mobile Vikings, no fiat currency is involved at any stage. The best of both world if you ask me, paying with this magical internet money called Bitcoin, and not even having to leave the house to get your food.
The online shopping business has been booming over the past few years, and only seems to grow as more time passes. Not just during the holidays, or during special events such as Black Friday, but more and more people are buying goods online, simply because they are usually a lot cheaper compared to buying things at a brick and mortar store.
Personally, I shop on Amazon most of the time, for pretty much anything I ever need that does not include food, drinks and medicine. Even though several international Amazon sites do offer food and drinks for sale, the prices are usually a lot higher compared to at the local store here (which is already quite expensive in its own right, but that’s a different story).
While Amazon does not accept Bitcoin as a payment method, there are several ways to circumvent this obstacle. You can either purchase Amazon gift cards with Bitcoin, through service such as Gyft , or try your luck at auction sites such as CryptoThrift.
As I mentioned in this article a few days ago, there are other ways to purchase goods from Amazon with Bitcoin as well, without having to buy a gift card first. All4BTC is one of those services, which I have used twice so far, and I have been incredibly pleased with their service both times.
No, you can not do everything with Bitcoin you can do with fiat currency, yet. With more and more merchants accepting Bitcoin payments alongside more traditional payment methods, the awareness is increasing steadily.
It will still be a while until you can pay with Bitcoin at your local stores, or it might even never happen at all. But that doesn’t mean there are no use cases for everyone you know. While the Bitcoin technology is impressive, a good story about how you used Bitcoin in a certain situation will leave a better impression compared to a technological analysis of the blockchain.
What do you use Bitcoin for most of the time? Share your funny, sad and exciting moments with us by leaving your comments below