Crypto Current Affairs—50+ Merchants Start Accepting Bitcoins In Bangalore, India!

in bitcoin •  2 years ago 

Bangalore is the startup hub of India and the country has witnessed a noticeable Bitcoin boom over the past year. The world's favorite internet currency continues gaining popularity amongst the urban users of one of the fastest growing economy in the world today.


The city of Bangalore has a population of over 8 million people and Unocoin, one of the biggest exchanges in India provides merchant services and has enabled over 50 merchants to sign up and accept Bitcoin as a mode of payment.

The company has a registered user base of over 300,000 users and processes over 310,000 USD every month. The Bangalore-based Bitcoin exchange has gained popularity for providing a fast service coupled with merchant services hopes to add thousands of merchants in the months to come.

According to Unocoin CEO and co-founder Sathvik Vishwanath:

We have added over 50 merchants in this month across Bangalore who accept Bitcoin today as a mode of payment.

A quick peek at will show you several big retailers who are accepting Bitcoin today. Some of the merchants include India’s largest book mall Sapna online as well as a travel portal Etravel Smart. Mobile DTH data card provider Reload and web-hosting services Indsoft and Cyberls are also accepting Bitcoin today amongst many others. Check the aforementioned link for a bigger list of merchants.

Unocoin has been regularly conducting Bitcoin meetups in Bangalore since 2012 and has over 3,227 members who meet regularly to discuss Bitcoin, Ethereum and the blockchain technology.

While this news seems to be focused on a small part of India, in the next year or two we are bound to witness a rapid growth and adoption of the cryptocurrency in the country.

Indian government is considering drafting a bill around cryptocurrency and legalization of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies is likely to create a massive demand from India as more people ditch local currency for Bitcoin. For the Indian exchanges who started early on the scene, there seems to be a massive upside despite Bitcoin blooming very late in the country.

Let's hope that the Indian government legalizes Bitcoin soon so that it brings more users onto the network!

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Bangalore, this City has one-third of the population of Australia. It is great to see that Bitcoin adoption is so strong there. Thanks for the news.

This article is really amazing. Things are moving so fast. The end of paper money is nearer, for better or for worse. Who will have the final control? Those without cryptocurrency will be left out, especially those on the other side of digital divide. The poor and uneducated will become absolutely impoverished. But many will become millionaires and billionaires.

Yeah, some will be victims because they rely on the Socialist model for their livelihoods, but with a little help from those who can benefit from the changes, maybe they will be ok. After all, we should be helping each other through the hard times.

Good news for Bitcoin and Bangalore ;)

That's it actually. If India or China adopt Bitcoint, it'll turn mainstream overnight


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Many might not be aware of this, but India has the second largest population of people who know English - doesn't necessarily mean they speak English too. That is 10% of its population or 125 million people.

Hello @maxabit,
That just goes to show why awareness is so important because many of us have inaccurate assumptions.

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I believe I may have misspoken more under recognized that under rewarded.

I would like to see the people that just barley get buy living off the land have there post easier to find so that they can be reworded.

It'd be so awesome to see btc make further inroads in India, especially for unbanked, and to provide some 'trust'. I've got a few 500 rupee banknotes at home from my last visit..worthless now I suppose. And can remember on my first trip in 95 the number of clearly counterfeit notes doing the rounds.

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Thank you so much! :D

You are welcome @firepower.
Keep steem on and keep solid too :)

congrats Indian brothers your gov take a smart step towards future finance tool

Thanks! It is a good step!

@firepower - With the debate still going on in India in government circles about making bitcoin legal, mass acceptance, demonstrated through such acceptance by merchants will certainly make Bitcoin path easier for India. I have recently come to know of Unocoin and have started testing their services. I am glad that you have had much more experience. Thank you for sharing this positive article. Upvoted.

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Exciting times!!!

It's just going to get bIgger and BIGGER!


It sure is! Looking forward to some more great good news! :)

This is so cool - we should all be on the lookout for places accepting Crypto and post the results here!

Id like to know which pubs accept bitcoin ;)

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Oh man! If pubs took crypto's.. I'd be out of money! Ahaha

Cheers to that!

Haha! Be careful :P

Haha! Yeah, that's a good idea.

mass adoption here we come!!!!


Sooner or later every vender in the world is going to accept cryptocurrency!

Yeah! I hope and wish the same!

I think cryptocurrency got a push in the right direction when the Indian government demonetized high denomination notes in November last year. Many "discovered" Bitcoin at the time and it became popular once people got to know what it really means.

With a population of 1.2 billion and rising, India would be poised to become the largest user of cryptocurrencies given enough exposure and awareness.

Same goes for Steemit's popularity in India as a place for blogging and getting rewarded for it.

You are absolutely right. It will grow bigger and bigger!

you said it. couldnt agree more!

bitcoin is now becoming a trend

Yes! It is!

This is just the beginning @firepower! Soon crypto will take over for sure! I'm so glad to see India going in that direction, it's an amazing signal to the whole world and especially those who has not yet think of adopting cryptos!

It surely will! :) Thanks for dropping by.

I will be keen to learn a lot Blockchain, bitcoins etc. I will do my best to follow your articles and learn more.

Sure! You must!

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

I envy India right now. I am also from an emerging economy South Africa. I think we are amongst those who need cryptocurrencies the most. Our Reserve Bank is currently working on Bitcoin regulation. I hope the process gets expedited! Thank you for the nice post. I'm envious. 👍

Yeah, many countries are planning to regulated bitcoins. Hope things go in a good way!

Those are just crazy numbers. Right now I am hanging out in North Idaho, nearest large city is Spokane, WA. According to coinmap, there's only about 8 merchants total that accept bitcoin. I'm thinking they're a little behind here

I'm sure everybody will catch up soon on this! Hoping for the best.

The bangalore is the biggest city in s a great thing that adopted the bitcoin us major exchange s good information keep sharing.upvoting you.

It sure is! :) Thanks!

It is a good news and hopes Indian government soon legalizes Bitcoin.

Yah! I hope the same.

Good to know about these improvements. Thank you @firepower for bringing this awareness.

Glad to share! :)

Hi @firepower, it's good to be back surfing my feed again...been a while since I dropped by to see what you're offering up.

This is the progression expected during the adoption phase...all is well in the cryptosphere. ;)

I think it would be prudent...not to mention really really smart...if the merchants accepting BTC (and other cryptocurrencies as they come on to the mainstream) were to put 5-10% into a wallet and hang on to as much as they can afford to. At least for the next 5 years.

The gains they'll make on ROI will more than cover any shortfall during the volatile progression of adoption. Still everything, in the business world, is speculation isn't it?

Very enlightening and exciting that Bitcoin is getting accepted more and more in different areas in the world. Good, informative post for everyone.

It sure is. Glad to see it going in a good path towards a great future!

Wow .. its really nice news.. great! Waiting for my homeland now.. :D

I'm sure it will. Soon! :)

Amazing news! Sometimes it is not the 'western' nations that lead the way.. it takes innovation and leadership to implement change and bring in new ideas.. India and Bangalore are still relatively new in terms of independence and with that comes new ideas and an openness to move away from the 'norm' which is a great step!!!

You are absolutely correct.

Great news for the users of India. If our country will legalise bitcoin, then steemit community will blossom in great. Thanks for sharing such a valuable information. Please give a visit to my post, so that your presence turns my blog lively and blossom.

Indeed! It is a good step for us all! Thanks! :)

Good to see some silver lining amidst all the negative news surrounding bitcoin these days in India.

Did Supreme Court of India recently say Bitcoin to be "illegal" and "anti-national"?

This is great! I've been noticing that adoption has really increased exponentially lately. Looking forward to the next 6 months!

I'm waiting for the same!

@firepower That's Bangalore with a "B", right?

Yes! it is :D

Good discovery @firepower!
This is something really nice! hope this clicks and spreads to more parts of the country in coming months...

Thanks! It surely will!

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

wow....what's an amazing post. love it.


Thats really great news sir....i think that day is not far when the whole india and particularly the retail market start accepting bitcoin as payment mode, that day will be historical day, thanks sir very very nice post...

I am sure it will!

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Bangalore City I do not know about this city, I only know about mumbay and delhi city and some others I've heard in some of my favorite india movies. May modern day developments help the Indian community and the city of banglore. With the advancement of digital currency bitcoin Thanks for share @firepower.
Best regard community steemit indonesia

Thank you! :) I'm sure more good things to come soon!

Thank you @firepower, success always for you.
Best regard

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

This is awesome, i just wish my country would adopt bitcoin as a major exchange commodity. Well, i know the future is bright. Kudos India 💪👍

I am sure it will soon! :) Thanks!

thank you. very very interesting and useful information.


Grow grow grow! Its all happening so fast yet so slow 😜

Things will get better and faster :D

I think thats dope. The more ways we can utilize crypto currency the better.

It sure is! :D

so future of india will safe and we will become no 1 in world

Yah! Hope so.

Pretty good news :)

Thanks! :)

Funny, reminds me that even non -fake news gets mixed up:

Infowars has news on Trump auditing the fed and governments taking over crypto.

Now who is confused? :D

And what about Blockpay? Wouldn't that be much faster, paying bitcoin over bitshares? 8 seconds avg transaction. @kencode is posting amazing stuff!

It will be great if our Government legalizes Bit coin and other cryptos. Thanks for sharing some good information...

Yeah, it will help!

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Thanks for sharing this firepower.
So good to know digital currency is also growing in India.

Indeed! Looking forward to a bright future.

Always good to see the expanded acceptance of cryptocurrencies around the world. Each time it adds more legitimacy and stability to the process for us all. Thanks for sharing this @firepower.

Indeed! Things looking good.

Hi @Firepower,
You were mentioned to me by @surfermarly, because I am also from India, and you are the most followed Indian. This is my 2nd day, and it is nice to meet you.
I read in one of your posts that you organize Steemfest in Banglore, I am from Himachal Pradesh, is there any such event near to me?
Thanks for your kind reply.

Hi. Keep yourself updated on Will keep you posted on future events. Follow #India on Steemit chat.

That's a really cool news bro,thanks for share @firepower

Thanks. Glad to share! :)


As crypto-currencies become more main-stream, they will be view more and more as a threat by centrals banks. I would watch carefully any countries looking at developing a block-chain currency, because in that day they will out-law all competitors and label owners of competing currencies as terrorists.

Best advice, make your profits now in crypto's and if you see central banks adopting them as currency, dump them before you are branded a terrorists and have your e-wallets seized.


True that! Let's hope for a good bright future and the best.

Amazing post. Very usefull information.


You're welcome

power of bitcoin keeps growing... soon the world will revolve strictly around cryptocurrency...
but is that really a good thing?
are there unforeseen dangers along this path?

You never know! Only time will tell.

yes, 4real

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This is just the beginning of an incredible revolution!! Bitcoin and blockchain technology are changing the world and many financial institutions are hopping on board. In the near future we could potentially see cryptocurrencies become the world currency and we can thank ourselves for being the pioneers of this amazing revolution! Great post, thank you for sharing!

It sure is!

Thanks. Glad to share! :)

Bangalore would always lead the tech revolution from front. It already the Silicon valley of India and soon it will turn into a Cryptohub too.

Indeed! It will!

thank you for sharing , new like this are music to ears. i am just for the days when everyonewill start transactiong into crypto for daily products..