How To Receive A Holiday Season Reward

There are some things that are part and parcel of the Australian holiday season: barbeques, hot weather (unless you’re in Melbourne), and bank delays. If you’re looking to make an instant CoinJar deposit over the festive period, you can visit one of over 1200 local newsagents to do this.

Full instructions on how to make a cash deposit can be found on this Support page.

In addition, you’ll be rewarded with 500 CoinJar Points for your first cash deposit made between 19 December and 3 January 2017. Simply deposit the $50 minimum at any cash deposit location and we’ll credit your CoinJar Rewards account.

What do 500 CoinJar Points get you?

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  • Fee-free Transfers: 500 CoinJar Points allow you to exchange 1 BTC without fees
  • Doge Cards: Greeting cards for that special someone who deserves more memes in their life
  • $5 Windows Store (Australia) Giftcard: Works for Xbox as well
  • CoinJar Die-Cut Sticker: Perfect for desecrating your local bus stop

CoinJar’s services will continue to operate during the holiday period with reduced Support hours. Please refer to our Knowledge Base for the full list of operating hours and bank transfer timelines over the festive season. Cash deposits made at newsagents will continue to be instant — just check that they’re open!

Brave Browser Review

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Brave is an adventurous attempt at a new web browser, one which focuses on rethinking the overall advertising model of the internet. As of October 2016, Google’s Chrome browser continues to be the most popular choice with over half (63%) the usage share of all browsers. Although Chrome is freeware (as is Brave), it is developed by Google which derives the majority of its revenue from advertising. Some think this may lead to conflicts of interest when it comes to privacy and security.

Brave proposes a new model for internet browsing, one where users pay for their time online to remove ads and fund sites.

The team behind Brave is no less impressive than their mission. The browser is developed by Brave Software, the CEO of which, Brendan Eich, co-founded Mozilla, the company responsible for Firefox. Among other accolades, Eich is also the creator of the JavaScript programming language.

Hardware Wallet – TREZOR Bitcoin Wallet Review

Released in 2014, the TREZOR marked the beginning of the Bitcoin hardware wallet. Produced by Satoshi Labs, the TREZOR could not only store Bitcoin independently of your computer, but could do so while maintaining the functionality of a traditional web wallet. Thus, the TREZOR was the precursor to the many different hardware wallets we now see on the market.

The maturity of the TREZOR is reflected in the depth of engineering documentation, community involvement, and third-party compatibility of the device. For these reasons, the TREZOR remains one of the most secure ways to hold your Bitcoin.

Earn CoinJar Points when you invite a friend to CoinJar

When you invite a friend or family member to join CoinJar, you’ll both be rewarded with 500 CoinJar Points.

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Simply sign in to your CoinJar for your personalised referral link and share this with a close friend or family member. For each of your invitees who opens a new CoinJar using your personalised referral link and completes ID verification, you’ll both earn 500 CoinJar Points.

CoinJar Points can be used to cover fees during new currency exchanges, or redeemed for goods at the CoinJar Rewards Store.

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CoinJar Points themselves are also receiving an update soon – with adjusted redemption and earning rates for currency conversions. These changes will be rolled out over a 30 day transitional period throughout September 2016. For further details on these updated rates, please refer to our Knowledge Base article.

Hardware Wallet – Ledger Nano Review

The most common way to store and interface with the Bitcoin network is either by using software running locally on your computer or provided by a web service like CoinJar. Web-based bitcoin clients allow for greater flexibility around multiple devices and locations, and may come bundled with additional features such as customer support, digital currency exchange or even a debit card.

There is a trade-off between features when choosing your preferred form of storing bitcoin, and you should choose depending on your own personal circumstances. One possible step to take charge of your own bitcoin security is using a hardware wallet, a physical device which stores your private keys. We’ll be taking a look at a couple of hardware wallets available from the CoinJar Store starting with the Ledger Nano.

Updated: Bank account deposits using POLi

POLi deposits have proven to be a useful ‘Quick Deposit’ mechanism since we introduced it late last year. We have had many requests to extend the number of banks we support for POLi deposits and also to increase limits for instant deposits.

Verified Australian CoinJar users can now make bank account deposits of $2,500 and under instantly using POLi. Transfers above $2,500 will typically take 1-2 business days to be processed. You can access POLi deposits as an option in the ‘Quick Deposit’ page.

CoinJar can accept POLi transfers from the following Australian banks:

  • Bank of Melbourne
  • BankSA
  • BankWest
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Bank of Queensland
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Citibank
  • CUA
  • IMB
  • ING Direct
  • Peoples Choice Credit Union
  • St. George Bank
  • Suncorp Bank
  • Westpac

Make a deposit now

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Make a deposit using POLi from your Quick Deposit screen

For more information, visit our Knowledge Base article on cash deposit options.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is POLi?
POLi is an online payment option which facilitates a Pay Anyone internet banking payment from your bank account to a merchants. You may have used POLi before on Jetstar, Qantas, Etihad and OzForex. POLi Payments is a fully owned subsidiary of Australia Post
How does it work?
Choose to pay with Internet Banking wherever you see the POLi payment option, select your bank and click proceed with payment. You’ll be asked to log in directly to your bank. Follow the prompts to complete the Pay Anyone transaction and complete the payment. POLi cash deposits can take 1-2 business days to appear in your Cash Account.
How much is it to deposit using POLi?
There are no fees for depositing using POLi.

Introducing CoinJar Rewards (and celebrating three years!)

 

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It’s CoinJar’s third birthday, and we’re giving back with CoinJar Rewards – our loyalty program designed to reward CoinJar members for using our services. From making a bitcoin conversion, to spending money with CoinJar Swipe, users will now enjoy real-time points for engaging with the CoinJar platform.

CoinJar Rewards joins our family together with financial technology products that have seen over 70,000 users and one of the longest track records of digital currency service in Australia. This bundle includes:

  • CoinJar Touch, our native mobile apps on Android and iOS
  • The first digital currency enabled EFTPOS card CoinJar Swipe
  • Award-winning Hedged Accounts which protect bitcoin against currency fluctuations
  • Bitcoin purchases using credit/debit cards in 20 European countries
  • Full-featured wallet and exchange services

In addition to product development over the years, we’ve also given back to the community by:

In the time it’s taken some companies to get to market, we’ve helped establish a thriving industry, notably in Australia — one that is now looked to as a source of innovation for blockchain technology.

We hope that you love using CoinJar Rewards and continue to reap the benefits of using tools built with the latest technologies and with users in mind.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Are CoinJar points backed by a distributed ledger or blockchain?
It is supported but not yet implemented. We have larger plans for this product, including the ability to use it across different merchants and interoperability between multiple loyalty programs. We will soon be releasing API documentation on this product for developers and business to create their own reward experiences.

What can you redeem CoinJar Points for?
At launch, you can use CoinJar points to save on exchange fees or redeem a free CoinJar Swipe. There are also plenty of redemption options on our Rewards Store including VPN Secure, Fastmail subscriptions and gift cards. CoinJar Points are not money and will not be redeemable for bitcoin or cash.

How can I gain access to CoinJar Rewards?
You will need to have a verified CoinJar account and activate Rewards on your home screen once you sign-in.

For more information on CoinJar Rewards and a full table of convertibility, please refer to our Knowledge Base.

One Year of CoinJar Swipe

It’s been exactly one year since every Australian business started accepting Bitcoin with CoinJar Swipe, our Bitcoin-enabled debit card. One year out, CoinJar Swipe continues to be an innovative product, changing the way we look at and perform payments.

Since its official launch 12-months ago, we’ve seen $1,051,479.97 spent on about 1,000 debit cards in circulation! We’re thrilled to break the million-dollar mark and hope all our users have enjoyed the experience as much as we’ve enjoyed creating a seamless digital currency app and card.

Using a sample size of anonymised transaction data over the last three months, grocery shopping comes out on top at 35%.

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Feedback & Updates After 12 Months

  • Daily Limits
    Many users have asked us to increase the limit of the Swipe cards as many items come in above the $500 limit making it hard to buy that new TV or gaming rig with your CoinJar Swipe. We’re pleased to announce we will be doubling the CoinJar Swipe daily limit to $999.00 effective immediately.
  • Multi-currency and online usage of Swipe
    We’ve also had feedback that users want to use their Swipe card overseas and for purchases on the internet. Presently CoinJar Swipe runs on the EFTPOS network which is accepted at 950,000 payment terminals in Australia, however isn’t available online. This is something that’s being worked on and we’re keen to release a multi-currency card that can be used anywhere in the world.

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  • Auto top-up & PIN Recovery
    A handy feature when you want to keep your card ready for spending, the auto-reload feature automatically tops up your Swipe when it falls below a specified balance. And if you’re forgetting your PIN all the time, we’ve got you covered with easy recovery.


Ordering a CoinJar Swipe

There has never been a better time to own a CoinJar Swipe debit card. If you’re receiving international payments for invoices, everyday spending, or want to be or just as a great backup – here’s how you can get your very own CoinJar Swipe.

  • To order, there is a one time fee of $29.
  • To be eligible for CoinJar Swipe, you must be a verified CoinJar user.
  • Not verified? Visit our identity verification portal.
  • Once ordered, your card will be delivered within 7-10 business days.
  • For more detailed information visit support.

Log-into your account now to get your CoinJar Swipe.

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Introducing CoinJar Store

We’ve been working on something fun lately, and we’d like to introduce you to CoinJar Store.

Our team created CoinJar Store after we joked about having a ‘bitcoin store’ one day. We were inspired by our Creative Director’s shrine to the doge, which almost every visitor to our office remarks on.

So here it is! CoinJar Store is for all the witty bitcoin merchandise and gifts that your life needs. We’ve got greeting cards you’re happy to sign, hardware wallets and CoinJar t-shirts. Happy shopping!

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The Ledger Wallet lets you configure and use a standalone Bitcoin wallet. Buy it for $42.90.

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Definitely not a Hallmark card. Buy doge greeting cards from $5.90.

Our favourite merchandise,  the die-cut CoinJar sticker. Available to purchase at $3.50.

Our favourite merchandise, the die-cut CoinJar sticker. Available to purchase for $3.50.

Our t-shirt is for sale! Get it at the CoinJar Store for $28.90.

Our t-shirt is for sale! Get for $28.90 at the CoinJar Store.

If you have any suggestions for merchandise and products we should sell, let us know at social@coinjar.com. And yes, of course we take bitcoin!