Germany-based encrypted email service provider Tutanota has started accepting donations in cryptocurrencies on its platform.
On its website, Tutanota said allowing their supporters to donate using their preferred cryptocurrency offers the company a chance to test how crypto payments should be managed and processed. After a successful trial period, the company will move to allow payments for its services using cryptocurrencies.
Tutanota’s polls on Reddit and Twitter showed that 16% to 27% of their respondents were open to using three cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), and Monero (XMR). Some of their clients wanted Verge and Litecoin added, but the company ultimately decided on Bitcoin BCH, along with ETH, XMR and BTC.
Tutanota is currently beta testing its new encrypted email client and Android app. The company also has plans to add an iOS app to its platform.
For a company that strives to offer clients the best in privacy, using a decentralized system for payments will take its business to new levels. According to Tutanota, a decentralized payment system will enable clients with sensitive careers such as whistleblowers, human right activists, and journalists work on sensitive matters and make transactions while keeping their identities safe.
“We at Tutanota have always been in support for cryptocurrencies because we welcome the idea of a decentralized payment method that works independent of centralized payment processors such as banks or credit card institutions,” the Tutanota team said.
Tutanota’s new project was initially planned to launch in 2017, but was postponed due to technical issues. According to the company, they rebuilt their encrypted email service in order to improve its performance and design, and to allow customers to add features at a faster rate.
Tutanota follows in ProtonMail’s footsteps in allowing payments through cryptocurrencies. ProtonMail is another online platform that offers secure and privatized email services. They currently allow customers with premium accounts to make payments using crypto. Their system works by converting cryptos paid to a customers’ accounts into ProtonMail credits. Customers can use the credits to pay for their subscriptions.
Tutanota was established in 2011 and has over 2 million users at the time of writing. It is an open source, end-to-end encrypted email software as well as a freemium hosted secure email service.
Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.
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