Bitpanda is the trading name of the Austrian crypto exchange, payment processor, and merchant service provider Bitpanda Payments GmbH.
The Austrian regulator FMA granted Bitpanda an e-Money Institution (EMI) license in March 2022. Additionally, Bitpanda is authorized by the French AMF.
BitPanda is one of the new crypto unicorns. The start-up focuses on European markets, with offices in eight cities across the region, including Vienna, Barcelona, Berlin, Krakow, London, Madrid, Milan, and Paris.
In August 2021, Austria’s first crypto unicorn announced a $263 million Series C, led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, at a valuation of $4.1 billion.
Bitpanda offers its clients trading and investing in various assets – crypto, stocks, and ETFs. It expanded into the B2B market and operates a white label platform offering that lets other fintechs and banks offer trading to their own clients.
Bitpanda is a fully automated (online) platform. Coins are automatically sent to buyers here as soon as the corresponding payments are confirmed. Bitpanda’s main focus is on speed and ease of use.
In addition to cryptocurrencies, Bitpanda now also offers investments in indices, ETFs, tokenized precious metals and shares. There’s also the fancy Bitpanda Card, a debit card in cooperation with VISA, with which users can use their assets for cashless payments at any time.
Basically, anyone can open an account and use their Bitpanda Wallet for free. Storing and crypto transactions around the world are not limited. And transactions within Bitpanda are free of charge.
The purchase, in turn, is geographically limited: Bitpanda offers it within the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), the majority of EU member states plus Iceland Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Monaco.
People who live in countries that have adopted the euro can apply for the Bitpanda Visa card. This fee-free debit card offers between 0.5% and 2% in rewards on spending. Users can choose which assets they want to use for payments, making it easy to spend cryptocurrency. However, it’s worth noting that crypto spending may not be great for long-term, buy-and-hold investors.
Online payments: Deposits 10,000 €/day, withdrawals 100,000 €/day. Credit card deposits (Visa, Mastercard) Deposits maximum 2,500 €/day, no withdrawals, SEPA from “Light Verification” 49,999 € deposit and 500,000 € withdrawal, fully verified you can deposit 500,000 € and withdraw 5,000,000 € per day.
Bitpanda openly communicates its claim to keep fees as low as possible. At the time of our Bitpanda review, this manifests itself in a mere 1.49% when buying and 1.29% when selling Bitcoin.
In August 2022, users repeatedly reported that customer service had very long waiting times, accounts were frozen or deactivated, or customers were threatened with police/legal action.
Customers repeatedly report that Bitpanda requires them to provide proof of funds to access their assets, but after successfully providing this proof, the assest are still blocked for no reason.
In November 2022 Bitpanda got a crypto license from BaFin
We could not find any complaints around the company but Due to the current tense crypto industry, we downgrade all crypto companies to ORANGE for an undetermined period of time.