The Launch – Paybill | Bill Payment

Its getting easier faster and better to use bitcoin in Pakistan. Now Paybill has gone live after the advent of topup24 going live with instant mobile topups or easyload to any mobile network in Pakistan. Paybill plans to make bill payments a breeze no matter where you are fast and instantly. Now you can simply enter your consumer number/account number and a mobile number to pay your bill instantly and receive instant sms for confirmation of bill payment by the bill payee company.

As I have mentioned before its very important for people to start using bitcoin and not just trading in it to realize the true potential of btc. With this vision, eCommerce sites such as http://www.yourstore.pk and http://www.sakamaonline.com also came online accepting bitcoin in Pakistan. We are on trying very hard to convince big name brand names to start accepting this and create a ripple effect in our ecosystem.

Pakistan is already the 3rd largest freelance work force producer in the world if they start accepting bitcoins with the absence of payment gateways such as Paypal. A Software with value such as btc can help them overtake a gap left by such service. While services such as Paynoeer and Perfect Money have tried their level best fill this gap but the issue is that these services are expensive and not easy. Hopefully one day we will see bitcoin raise to a level it was envisioned by Satoshsi Nakamoto.

BitCoin! A new way to pay and get paid. | bitcoins, bitcoin, paypal, btc, xbt, nyxbt

What is Bitcoin?When people say “Bitcoin” they are referring to one of two things.

1.       A digital/crypto currency.
2.       A payment system used for sending and receiving money online.

Bitcoin as a Currency Bitcoin is a digital, decentralized, peer to peer, pseudonymous currency based on cryptography. If that sentence made no sense to you, don’t worry  – I’ll break it down for you.
·         Digital – Bitcoins exist only as code, they do not exist as anything physical. People can (and have) made physical representations of Bitcoin, but ultimately they are based in the digital world.
·         Decentralized – There is no central bank or institution that issues or controls Bitcoin. It is a group of individuals all over the world who run the program that keeps the monetary system running.
·         Peer to Peer – You control your own Bitcoin, and when you send Bitcoin to someone else, it goes directly to them. There are no banks or middlemen.
·         Pseudonymous – While all Bitcoin transactions are publicly view-able in an open ledger called the Blockchain (we’ll get to that later), the sender and receiver are only known as a string of numbers and letters. If you’re careful about your identity, using Bitcoins can be done anonymously.
·         Based on Cryptography – The strength of Bitcoin as a digital currency lies in the code, which uses strong cryptography to ensure that the coins cannot be accessed without proper permission. Bitcoin is the first digital currency that has these characteristics, and as a result it is the first digital currency to become widely adopted on the internet. As of June 2013, it is handling nearly 60,000 transactions each day, and this number is accelerating quickly.

 

Why Use Bitcoin in Pakistan:

Bitcoin is Big news for Internationale buyers and sellers. It is no secret to Bitcoin users that digital currency makes PayPal’s model of online transaction look somewhat archaic by comparison. While the method was the darling of the online community in years gone by, the rapid advance of Bitcoin in particular has caused PayPal to come increasingly under the spotlight recently.

10. Lower Fees

This is usually the first advantage of cryptocurrencies that you hear from Bitcoin enthusiasts and experts. And this is certainly true as PayPal has been notorious for imposing hefty transaction fees on users of about 3%.

9. Community Support

You can also think of Bitcoin like an app on the Bitcoin network. This means that the protocol, add-ons, and supporting infrastructure can always be further developed and improved to suit the needs of consumers and all users.

PayPal was not constructed with this in mind and has a considerably narrower potential field of operation. In other words, while PayPal can certainly afford to pay its own team of talented programmers, it still will not be able to innovate at the same rate as a decentralized network of developers spread across the entire world.

Truly Global

PayPal is not available in every country with notable exceptions being Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Haiti.

Bitcoin on the other hand is the first true transnational currency because it is border-agnostic like the Internet. In other words, it can be controlled to an extent on a very local level but cannot be shut down globally unless electricity is shut off everywhere in the world.

Unlike PayPal, Bitcoin can offer citizens living under oppressive regime a way out. People using this border-less currency can circumvent state supported financial monopolies and establish their own local economies.

Less Friction



With Bitcoin, it doesn’t matter whether you send 1 cent or 1 billion’s worth, the transactions fee is the same (approx. US$0.02) or btc 0.0001. And since it’s actually your money, it is only logical that you should decide on the amount you want to send.

Decentralized

The decentralized nature of Bitcoin means that there is no single clearing house monitoring and controlling the network. This ‘trust-less’ payment system greatly increases the security of a network as there is no single point of failure such as from a DNS attack, for example.

Versatile

To use PayPal, you must be online and have a credit card. In contrast, Bitcoin can be sent offline via email or even SMS on a Nokia dumb-phone.

Privacy

While Bitcoin is not truly anonymous, it can still provide a certain level of anonymity or pseudo-anonymity for users if they know how to cover their tracks and manage their digital wallets – a process that is expected to become more user-friendly with time. Additionally when using bitcoin you can pay directly to the receiver without providing any data hence safe guarding you towards future hacks on the site that you are paying.

In contrast, this is impossible for PayPal users as they are required go through the burdensome process of filling out long forms to prove where the money came from and what it will be used for. This is particularly true for international users.

Freedom

This is the overall most important point that cannot be stressed enough. Bitcoin lowers the barriers for all to participate in global commerce.

While this may seem trivial at first, consider that almost 2.5 billion people on this planet do not have bank accounts and thus, cannot use PayPal. Bitcoin has the potential to finally bring almost half of the world that is unbanked into the global economy, which can then be truly called Global.

Indeed, with Bitcoin, a local farmer in Tanzania can receive bitcoins on his mobile phone with the nearest bank or western union location being a hundred miles away. He is also able to send payments and be an active participant in the global economy. The same holds true for Pakistan. The masses have seen the success in high cost money transmitters such as easypaisa, mobicash, ubl omni or upaisa etc. Bitcoin can be the source of a cheaper solution to all if accepted by masses.

Thus, Bitcoin enables true globalization that is inherently inclusive and egalitarian, although how this technology is implemented is ultimately up to us – the users.

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With the problems and corruption in Pakistan going uncontrolled. The govt is trying to tax each and every bank transaction. There are alot of problems with current tax laws in Pakistan of which I am not going to get into much details. But bear in mind that each and every Pakistani is taxed through Cellphone home phones, electric bills, tv bills, gas bills etc. Most of this sector which is below the poverty line doesn’t even know that they are the ones that are suppose to receive a refunds. This in return causes the richer to get richer and divert taxes while the poor get poorer. With recommendations of the new tax law if implemented every banking transaction in Pakistan will be taxed hence causing more burden to existing taxpayers and causing double taxation. While this could be avoided if our systems worked properly then this wouldn’t be a problem but the returns are hardly paid and have to go through alot of problems before you actually receive the payments. This may even propel the use of Bitcoin In Pakistan.

As mentioned before btc or bitcoin is a peer to peer system that works like utorrent and hence is equivalent to digital cash. While the leading world countries are now starting to accept this crypto currency and realize its existence (now evident by the acceptance of big players such as Paypal, Microsoft, Expedia, Namescheap, Goldman Sachs and entities such as NYSE) Pakistan still remains far behind. But with the law as proposed by Mr Isaq Daar it may cause people to look for alternate ways to transact with one another in order to avoid this hefty tax. Bitcoin/btc/xbt maybe the answer here and propel people to actually start storing money in bitcoin. It is now clear that Pakistan is a growing economy in the bitcoin era as Urdubit trade volumes have reached 3 btc avg daily. Paybill which is still very new and still building has seen an increase in mobile topups. Paybill has been designed for payment of bills in Pakistan.

I do hope that this tax is not implemented, but at the same time this does show us how important a true p2p currency is. The fact that all the funds of any person in any country can be blocked or controlled by any sort of external force at will can just call shivers. I leave the readers of this blog to comment and share your thoughts on this.

What and Why? | Bitcoin Pakistan

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.

 

Pakistan’s First Bitcoin Trade Platform Goes Live | Buy Sell Bitcoin Pakistan

Pakistan’s first trading platform has just gone Live. Here you can trade your btc to pkr or vice versa. While still in beta Urdubit is offering first 1000 users a balance of Rs100 to begin trading and learning the platform. It has just been published on Coindesk. This is great news for all Pakistanis. With the current trade deficit we always have to borrow interest bearing loans in USD. This also fills the need for Pakistan’s requirement for a payment processor. Now people can buy internationally by just using bitcoin and not have to worry about USD all together. Its a great initiative as many websites in Pakistan can now find customers abroad with secure payments. I hope to cover this story further and also cover a tutorial on new user signups and how you can trade on this website. This is currently the only known trading platform bitcoins in Pakistan.