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Opera expands its crypto buying feature for the entire EU and four more countries

Yogita Khatri

Opera’s Andriod browser has expanded its crypto buying feature for all 27 EU countries, as well as four more nations - Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Switzerland.

The feature allows users to buy bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) directly from Opera’s in-built crypto wallet using a Visa or Mastercard debit card.

“Expanding this feature to more regions is key to driving blockchain-adoption,” Charles Hamel, head of crypto at Opera browsers, said in a statement shared with The Block on Monday.

Opera has partnered with payments firm Wyre for the initiative.

Just earlier this month, Opera brought its crypto buying feature to the U.S. users. The feature is also available in the three Scandinavian countries - Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Opera has today also partnered with Unstoppable Domains, a blockchain naming system built on Ethereum, to allow users to simplify their wallet address with a .crypto domain name. It allows users to more easily send and receive cryptocurrencies in their wallets, said Opera.

The browser-maker has also signed a deal with Protocol Labs, the main firm behind the development of the IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) protocol, to integrate this experience into Opera for Android. This gives users the "ability to access the cloudless, decentralized web of the future through IPFS-protocol support," said Opera.