The XRP community has been in the news multiple times recently due to its activity online and the sheer force of user interactions on social media platforms. The clamoring for mass adoption seems to have received a boost as Bitfi, a popular cryptocurrency wallet, announced that they would be adding XRP to its arsenal. The organization tweeted:
“You asked, we listened. XRP is launching in Bitfi soon. And no, it is not like Bitcoin, poses no threat to Bitcoin, & serves a completely different purpose. Let’s keep an open mind & make the entire community stronger. Spread the love ❤️ #xrp #ripple”
The news garnered a lot of positive reviews from the community and the crypto-verse, with many calling it a piece of “good news”. Post the listing of XRP, many users were also clamoring for the addition of Tezos. To this Bitfi replied:
“Tezis is very high on the priority list.”
Another Twitter user, Teodor Andrei, stated:
“This is a good news, I HODL #XRP”
Bitfi claimed that XRP addition was another step in the wave of mainstream adoption because the platform was mainly Bitcoin-friendly.
XRP also got another morale boost when Bitrue added XRP base pairs against three cryptocurrencies. The three pairs would be DASH/XRP, BAT/XRP, and STORM/XRP. The exchange upgraded their wallet for XRP and resumed deposits and withdrawals of XRP on March 23, 2019.
Bitrue also revealed its future plans for the coin as an XRP airdrop was announced, with a 7.3% interest program for XRP in the works.
@plitern1, a Twitter user, commented:
“Thank you for the continued roll-out of XRP base pairs!🥰 This is how the whole ecosystem of crypto starts to mature as a whole: The diminishing correlation to the Btc peg. It’s not only great for #XRP but for everyone that likes crypto & wants crypto as a whole to succeed.”
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SendFriend goes live in New Jersey; prepared to take on a $11 billion remittance corridor with Ripple
SendFriend, a next-generation remittance service that focuses on cross-border payments between the U.S. and the Philippines, today announced that it had gone live in the state of New Jersey, via a Twitter announcement.
We’re all excited for our launch, and today is the Day (for New Jersey)! Join thousands of Filipinos and come out to the Philippine American Friendship Committee Parade and check out our booth – We will be here all day! pic.twitter.com/PkcrGChwZ9
— SendFriend (@sendfriendinc) June 23, 2019
Ripple and SendFriend’s partnership was announced in late 2018, with the CEO of the latter, David Lighton, expressing his excitement at a Barclays Event in 2019. At the same event, Lighton also confirmed that SendFriend would be using Ripple’s xRapid payment solution that leverages XRP as a liquidity provider.
There is approximately $11.09 billion transferred between the U.S. and the Philippines in remittances every year. These largely use traditional payment methods that are slow and less efficient, when compared to newly developed blockchain-based solutions. The chart below shows the flow of remittances into the Philippines, with the U.S. accounting for the highest volume.
By using Ripple’s xRapid payment solution, money can easily be transferred in a few seconds. Not only does this save millions in fees by taking away middlemen, but it is also less time consuming.
Although xRapid has slashed fees and time for cross-border payments drastically, it has not gained traction due to a lack of regulatory clarity around cryptocurrencies. On February 11, 2019, SendFriend had announced the provision of an option for Overseas Filipino Workers [OFW] to send money “securely and reliably” across borders, with fees that are “65% lower than the industry average” in one “seamless flow.”
David Lighton had said,
“We are humbled by the support of our investors, who share in our vision to reduce the costs and improve the experience for the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who send money home to support their families… This investment will allow us to build out our team, focus on community engagement, and marketing efforts.”
A Twitter user @mister_pace, commented,
“Based on these rates. You save about $13 to send 1000 using SendFriend over The next lowest MoneyGram”
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