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MAR 8, 2024

SafePal invests in & partners with Switzerland’s Fiat24

by CoinNess Global

Singaporean crypto wallet provider SafePal has announced a strategic investment in Swiss bank Fiat24, together with the launch of a number of financial services. The partnership is a significant milestone in bridging the gap between the crypto world and real-world financial utilities.

Visa card and in-app banking

The company outlined in a blog post on March 7 that the centerpiece of this collaboration is the introduction of a crypto-focused Visa card and in-app banking services, both designed to streamline the integration of digital assets into everyday transactions. The default deposit currency for these services is the dollar-pegged stablecoin USD Coin (USDC), providing users with a stable foundation for their financial activities.
Through the SafePal mobile wallet app, users can convert their cryptocurrency holdings into USDC via Ethereum layer two scaling network Arbitrum, making for an efficient and reliable process. Once converted, the USDC can be stored in multiple fiat currencies, including USD, EUR and CHF, enabling seamless utilization in various transactions and expenses.

Enabling Swiss bank account access

One of the standout aspects of this initiative is the opportunity for users to establish individually owned, fully compliant bank accounts directly within the SafePal mobile wallet app. By completing the necessary know-your-customer (KYC) and onboarding procedures through Fiat24.
Opening such bank accounts will be free, with no account creation or annual management fees being applied. However, transfer and deposit fees will be applied starting from a base rate of 0.6%. The project believes that the integration of NFT technology on Arbitrum will ensure the security and transparency of all related transactions.
Veronica Wong, CEO and co-founder of SafePal, emphasized the importance of addressing the accessibility challenges faced by crypto users in a communication with CoinDesk. She highlighted the significance of providing a crypto-friendly banking experience that eliminates the hurdles imposed by traditional financial institutions.

Additional payment platform partnerships

In addition to the crypto Visa cards, SafePal has forged partnerships with leading payment platforms such as Paypal, Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, expanding the usability and convenience of its services.
While the Visa card will initially be available in select European regions, plans are underway for its gradual expansion across the continent. Similarly, the in-app banking gateway will cater to users outside the United States and in non-U.S. sanctioned countries, fostering greater accessibility on a global scale.
Working towards market growth through a partnership strategy is a route that SafePal has taken in the past. In May 2023 the company attempted to make further inroads into the Korean market by partnering with South Korean enterprise blockchain project Klaytn. In that instance, the wallet provider added support for digital assets that run on the Klaytn network via its mobile app, hardware wallet and browser extension-based wallet.
In light of these developments, SafePal's SFP tokens have experienced a modest increase in value. At the time of writing, the token unit price stood at $0.8026, representing a 4.62% increase over the course of the past 24 hours.
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