0% fees for regulatory compliance: Crypto.com’s big crypto push

  • Crypto.com charges 0% fees for customers within 30 days of passing KYC verification. 
  • The initiative is a push for its customers to comply with the tightening regulations. 

Hong Kong-registered crypto company Crypto.com today announced 0% fees for customers who buy cryptocurrencies for 30 days after they pass Know Your Customer (KYC). 

The service will allow users to buy over 80 cryptocurrencies at market price — including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and the app’s native, Crypto.com coin. 

Crypto.com’s app allows users to buy and sell seven fiats and over 80 cryptocurrencies. The company is racing to spread cryptocurrency adoption worldwide. 

Last month, the platform announced that it had surpassed five million worldwide users — three months after it reached the three million mark. The platform says it wants to reach 100 million users within five years.

What is KYC?

Know your customer — or KYC — is a way for financial institutions to verify their users. A KYC check involves identifying the identity of the client when opening an account and periodically over time.

It has become bigger in crypto recently as regulation becomes the norm. 

KYC has become a must for major exchanges like Binance and Coinbase. But it still has a long way to go: 56% of virtual asset service providers still lack strong KYC practices, according to a 2020 report by blockchain analysis firm, CipherTrace. 

And the explosion of decentralized finance (DeFi) is making things harder. The rise of decentralized exchanges — such as Uniswap — don’t require any sign up and can be used by pretty much anyone. 

CipherTrace’s report analyzed 21 DEXs for which it could identify a country of origin. Over 80% had minimal ID verification processes — or none at all.

Crypto.com’s push 

But Crypto.com is pushing for its customers to comply. 

The company is expanding quickly, and in the past two months alone, it has released seven updated versions of its app in Spanish, French, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese. 

In order for crypto to take off, the company believes that regulation is a must — and a promotion like this will urge people to sign up. 

Crypto.com’s native token, CRO, was today trading at $0.066.

About Author

Jake Simmons has been a crypto enthusiast since 2016, and since hearing about Bitcoin and blockchain technology, he's been involved with the subject every day. Beyond cryptocurrencies, Jake studied computer science and worked for 2 years for a startup in the blockchain sector. At CNF he is responsible for technical issues. His goal is to make the world aware of cryptocurrencies in a simple and understandable way.

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