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What is lastbit building?
We are building a global payments network. This means something that can be as big as SWIFT, Visa or MasterCard. We believe in the “grand bitcoin vision”. We want to see everyone on the planet benefiting from what bitcoin offers, i.e global payments, instant and cheap.
What you see today is a tiny fraction of our global vision. This shit is hard to build, takes time, skill and effort. By now we’ve mastered these arts. Expect to see a lot more, a lot faster.
Why do you have two apps?
If you tested our original testnet application between 2019 and 2020 you may have seen everything in a single app. We spent copious amounts of time attempting to get that onto mainnet directly but that directly conflicted with European regulations. To continually abide by regulations as a registered legal entity was in our best interests. Hence, we had to split the application into two – each with a different set of features and banking partners.
What is the Bitcoin lightning network?
This is a layer 2 protocol on top of the Bitcoin network that enables instant, low-fee transactions. Check it out, it’s probably one of the most exciting things happening with Bitcoin today. Lastbit Lite is arguably the easiest way to use Lightning. Check out BlueWallet if you’d like a simple Lightning wallet to get started with.
Do I need separate accounts on both apps?
Yes, the two apps are entirely different with different backends and different banking partners. The accounts are not linked to each other in any direct manner, except for the card redeem code if you signed up on both apps with the same email ID.
How does Lastbit Lite work?
In the background, lastbit opens and manages your bitcoin exchange account at our exchange partner. Lastbit has built a custom “lightning adapter” to be able to offer within the app, a single lightning interface, even though your funds are on chain. Lastbit as a company never touches your money or your data, everything is handled by regulated entities.
How does Lastbit Cards work?
Your MasterCard can be used to pay at local retail stores or online. You add Euros to the card by making an instant bitcoin transaction over lightning or on chain (coming soon!). Additionally, you can send bitcoin to anyone asking you for it, through the Pay button in the app. Lastbit never touches your Euros or your Bitcoin and the card never directly holds bitcoin either, everything is denominated in Euros.
Are my accounts connected between the two apps?
I have a redeem code for the card. What do I do now?
Is this an app for traders?
No. This is an app to push Bitcoin adoption by bringing in no-coiners in the easiest possible way. If you want spot market rates and want to deal with the volatility, on chain transaction fees and lightning channel risks yourself, please use a reputed exchange such as Kraken or Coinbase.
Is this a crypto cashback card project?
No, we do not issue a token or plan on doing so. We pay to our partners up to 1% every time you swipe your card (fees that you don’t ever have to pay) and we offer competitive bitcoin rewards in a non-custodial lightning setting as a feature, this is not the focus of the card.
What is your business model?
We technically charge zero fees on everything to deliver the best possible user experience on screen. All the numbers on the app goes by the WYSISYG principle – “What You See Is What You Get”, inspired by popular applications such as Revolut.
What is my tax liability when using Lastbit?
When you’re paying people over the lightning network using Lastbit’s fiat (EUR) wallet, there is no tax liability for you, as our infrastructure buys, settles and sells bitcoin instantly on the spot so you don’t have any capital gains to report.
On the other hand, if you sell Bitcoin for fiat yourself, you have the same tax liability that you would if you used any Bitcoin exchange service.
Disclaimer: We are not tax advisors and each country has different tax laws. Please consult your local tax advisor about your particular transaction or issue, for a final opinion if you wish.
Kraken, Bitstamp etc. have awesome rates. Where do you get your rates?
Following EU regulations, our exchange partner has built custom infrastructure to enable us to remain a technology company. In return we pay fees and use their rates. Again, WYSIWYG, we’ve done our best to keep the spread low but the aim of the app is NOT to buy/sell bitcoin, that’s just a cherry on top of the service we’ve built. Use an exchange if you want to trade regularly. We want to push bitcoin adoption in a dead simple way and that’s what lastbit optimizes for.
There are many online buy/sell bitcoin websites that blow up the spread way more and are multi-million dollar companies.
We’re way ahead of that competition and we’re not even making revenue, we just want to build an awesome service for you while being able to keep the company alive. Makes sense?
Lastbit Lite FAQ
What is Lastbit Lite?
A mobile application for Europeans where you are issued an IBAN and a seamless Bitcoin/Lightning Wallet interface. Send/Receive/Buy/Sell Bitcoin or Euros instantly.
Who holds my Bitcoin?
All your Bitcoin is safely held by our exchange partner Bitlocus Ltd. which is a UK entity regulated by the FCA. Lastbit never touches your funds and is only a technology company.
What can my Bitcoin wallet on Lastbit do?
Your Bitcoin wallet is the simplest possible way to get started with Bitcoin – on-chain and lightning. ALL the bitcoin you hold on that wallet can be sent on-chain or on Lightning. No channel management overhead, no BS, simple and easy lightning for beginners?
What can my Euro wallet on Lastbit do?
You can put in and take out Euros (caveat: For now, these accounts have to be in your name). You can directly receive Euros over the lightning network or pay invoices on the lightning network directly from your Euro wallet.
How much Bitcoin is safe to put on Lastbit Lite?
Do not ever put all your bitcoin on an exchange service. Buy a hardware wallet for large amounts.
We recommend putting upto 2000 EUR worth of Bitcoin at any time, on Lastbit, to use for whatever you want. Any larger amount, you probably should put it in an ultra secure place that you control. Check out keys.casa for large amounts.
Lastbit Cards FAQ
What is Lastbit Cards?
A mobile application where you are issued a lastbit Mastercard debit card. You can add funds to this card by making a lightning transaction and also pay lightning invoices from your card.
What fees do I pay on this app?
Nothing. WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get.
There's this other card that does X, Y and Z. Why are you not doing that?
We want to build a global payments network using lightning, not a crypto-debit card, although it may seem that way as of today.
Today, our focus is on building stuff that most users want in the Bitcoin space and people that are on the edge of getting into Bitcoin, i.e. an easy way of getting started with no fuss and an easy + safe way of using Bitcoin. That’s what lastbit cards does. Start using lightning immediately and save a little bitcoin doing so.
We do not and will not issue random tokens to give you free money.
Who holds my Bitcoin on this app?
You. We never ever touch your bitcoin at any point in any app. All the card balances are strictly in fiat currency (Euros). No bitcoin is ever held directly on the card. Your bitcoin on your lightning wallet is under your control.
What is the PRO subscription?
For a small fixed monthly fee, you get perks such as Bitcoin cashbacks, near market Add Invoice/Pay Invoice Bitcoin prices, priority support and early access to all new features.