Most people get into bitcoin due to making a quick buck by mining. Once they do however get in they realize that the beauty of bitcoin lies in its theory of what Satoshi Nakamoto presented. The idea was decentralization of digital assets or money or currency. While recently everyone is talking about the technology that is blockchain they fail to realize that its not the blockchain or bitcoin itself that made it famous, it was the underlining principle that your funds should really mean that they belong to you.
Fast forward today and we see most people trying to setup mining farms or make it big by trading bitcoin and crypto currencies. While I believe that bitcoin exchanges have made a big impact and are helping it move forward and making it available for the masses, we still tend to lag in actually utilizing bitcoin the way it was intended. Bitcoin was suppose to bridge the gap between third party holding your funds and charging you for utilizing them to a complete peer to peer system. I believe if we are to move forward it is very important to utilize bitcoins for buying and selling and creating opportunity to use bitcoins everywhere.
Now the question comes to mind is what I can do other then store it for value or use them as a safe guard against what recently happened in Greece? Well you can do alot now. Big name companies have begun to accept bitcoins as a payments. The reason behind this is simple its cheaper to accept bitcoins then credit cards, with no chargeback issues plus a low fee of 0.0001 btc it makes sense for people to accept and pay in bitcoins. Services such as Dell, Microsoft, Vultr(a VPS service), namescheap(domain and hosting services), expedia(hotel, ariline and local transport), cheapair(airline tickets) and topup24 (buy mobile prepaid credit) makes it easy for anyone around the world to utilize bitcoins.
Sitting in Pakistan where credit card acceptance may be one of the lowest in the world we see bitcoins as gateway. The general population of Pakistan is below poverty level and hence doesnt really have access to the international gateways like most countries do. Bitcoin can be a bright light at the end of the tunnel, donations, payments, remittance can be utilized to the micro level bitcoins. And now you also have a place to utilize your bitcoins not just trade them at trading exchanges. But if you are just old fashioned and still want to trade bitcoins for profit you can always join us at Urdubit.
On ending note, Start using bitcoins like they were meant to 😉
I figured it was time to update and give some information on what excatly is bitcoin and blockchain to my fellow country men. This is my view of what it is and why it is. Please realize that bitcoin in my opinon was created to make money truly yours. Currently all financial systems work through centralized banking, anyone living in Pakistan already know the problem with the control the banks have right now on our accounts. The idea is what I believe was in the head of satoshi that led to the creation of the first true peer to peer (similary to torrent) type currency known as btc or bitcoin. He laid the foundationg of an opensource ledger(database) for the general public where every entry was single entry and could not be removed. But all the ledger was synced with the other users running the software on the network. This software was known as a wallet which can be considered like a bank account of sort for the comman man. While you can have many wallat addresses in a single wallet it resides in public ledger. This is also why it is important to backup the wallet.dat file of your wallet if you have the full software running. There are now online wallets and paper wallets you can also store your bitcoins on online exchanges or bitcoin trading platforms. Do remember if you lose your wallet on your pc or paper wallet for any reason its gone forever. I believe that bitcoin is still in its infancey and has a long way to go, think about how internet came about:
There was Fax–> Bullitin Board Service or BBS–> email –>internet
It took it a long time, it wasent an overnight revolution. Similarly bitcoin is very new. While it has captured a huge market it still has a long way to go. There are benifits of the blockchain and bitcoin as both are being innovated upon. Some companies are working on blockchain(ledger, or database) such as voip (p2p) coins such as korecoin and viorcoin then there rare coins such as bay, blk etc that support smart contrants and p2p markets. Then there is the ripple gateway that is trying to replace the current swift system.
Then there are services that belive in bitcoin itself and are using its financial power to change the way we bank or use money today. Think about the fact that you own one currency that works throughout the world you dont have to worry about Pakistani ruppee price fluctuating aganist the USD (this is an example) as PKR is not accepted everywhere in the world. It is a true boarderless curreny that I believe is brining people closer together. The launch of https://www.coinpip.com is one such gateway which lets companies pay their developers anywhere in the world. Its a singaporian startup that is doing alot of work in this feild. They take the bitcoin out of picture but use bitcoin in the backend. Then there are exchanges and atms and user acceptance poping up everywhere around the world, such as microsoft, dell, paypal, namescheap, overstock etc. There are physicall vendors in Pakistan too. There is a shop in Gunjarawallla, a petrol pump/ gas station in Karachi, then http://www.paybill.io where you can pay your bills for Malaysia and Pakistan and also do mobile topups, or easy loads http://www.a2zlawn.com that are accepting bitcoins for payment, you can also check http://www.coinmap.org for a few other locations that accept bitcoins.
I have also witnessed the power of bitcoin recently and how user to user interaction increases adoption. I was contacted by a person who wanted to buy stuff from a vendor in another country wanted to learn about bitcoin and how it could benifit him. After consultations with us he wanted to give it a go. But his vendor was also fearfull of the price fluctions and how bitcoin could be risky as he believed it cant be real. The user here after consultation convinced his vendor that he would be taking this risk so there was no worries at his end. The first transation they did took all in all 15 mins and the cash was transfered in the vendors bank account while saving the payee money as compared to if he had used a credit card or wiretransfer. When the vendor saw this his response was: “This is really very easy, will you make more payments like this?” This is what I believe money should be, a truely boarderless medium with worldwide acceptance. The bad policies of some countries have left them in poverty, this doesnt mean that that the citizen of that country should not even have control over their funds/money and acceptablity etc. If the currency is truely boaderless he doesnt have to worry about local exchangers even.
I do believe this is only the begining of the future what the future holds, can only be witnessed in time. I do believe there is a need for one global international currency even the world powers such as china, russia and UN want this. There is an interesting article that was put out back in 2009 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/currency/6152204/UN-wants-new-global-currency-to-replace-dollar.html and I think bitcoin is the answer for that.