This week we wanted to let our wallet users know that we are sunsetting the Shapeshift API in the Bitcoin.com Wallet. The trading platform Shapeshift has decided to change the firm’s business model to a membership platform that requires the user to submit ID/KYC information.
Shapeshift Applies Membership Model
This week you may have noticed that the Shapeshift feature in the Bitcoin.com Wallet may not be working depending on where you live. That’s because Bitcoin.com has come to the decision to remove the in-wallet swapping service from our Wallet client. The Bitcoin.com Wallet is a non-custodial light client that holds both bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC) in a simplistic and secure fashion. Since we launched our wallet back in August 2017 we’ve seen 2.9 million wallets created so far. Our wallet is available for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, and Android APK allowing anyone in the world the means to secure funds that are not held by a third party. Following the introduction of our wallet, the team at Bitcoin.com partnered with Shapeshift and added the coin shifting feature to the client last February.
Last month the non-custodial crypto trading platform Shapeshift announced that the application would introduce a mandatory membership program. The firm has revealed that the membership program will require basic user information in order to utilize the crypto-to-crypto trading features. The company has further detailed that wallets using the Shapeshift in-wallet service will require a one-time authentication.
“If you are using a wallet that integrates with Shapeshift, you will need to authenticate once through the wallet to enjoy the benefits of your membership and to then use the http://shapeshift.io service,” explained the company.
Bitcoin.com Wallet Will No Longer Feature the In-Wallet Shapeshift Service
Even though Shapeshift will be required to use personally identifying Know Your Customer (KYC) flows, users can still visit the third-party site and still use Shapeshift with our wallet to exchange your bitcoin cash (BCH) or bitcoin core (BTC) for another cryptocurrency. Furthermore, there are several other non-custodial peer-to-peer exchanges available for cryptocurrency enthusiasts that our reporter Kai Sedgwick discussed a few weeks ago.
Our bitcoin-based light client is steadily approaching 3 million wallets created and Bitcoin.com is proud to serve each and every one of our users. As cryptocurrency wallet providers we want to directly communicate with our users on every new feature we add, as well as other subjects such as our decision to sunset the Shapeshift API from the Bitcoin.com Wallet. Stay tuned for more updates on our cryptocurrency wallet and other services we provide in the future.
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