Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum (ETH)

Summary and problem that it solves

Ethereum is a decentralized database that enables smart contracts to be embedded on its blockchain.

It’s a platform that allows a whole range of contracts to be executed automatically provided the conditions of the encoded contracts are satisfied. It basically enables users to transfer value across the internet automatically, provided they satisfy the embedded if/when/then agreements embedded in the code.

Ether (ETH) is the fuel for this platform, used as payment to the machines running all the encoded operations on the network. We call ETH a platform coin as it is designed to enable decentralized applications to sit on top of the Ethereum platform, utilizing its key strengths, being decentralized, secure, immutable and has no downtime.

Imagine running an online business that is dependent on say Amazon or eBay. These businesses are platforms for selling goods and services online, but they are centralized, meaning that they are controlled by a single entity. This entity can change the rules of engagement at any time proving a central point of failure, creating a centralized risk to anyone using the platform.

See our article on Ethereum Gas for deeper insights on how it works.

Protocol

Ethereum

Total tokens

Circulating Supply 103,148,407 ETH as at 12 November 2018

Max issuance of 18,000,000 ETH per annum. This is designed to have a declining rate of inflation each year until the consensus algorithm shifts from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake.

Price Range (last 12 months)

 

Competitors

NEO, EOS, ADA

Consensus Algorithm

Proof-of-work (Although trying to move to proof-of-stake)

Current best use cases

At the time of writing, around 80% of all decentralized applications use Ethereum as their platform. Consequently, there is considerable developer support for Ethereum. Despite this, few of the projects that have commenced on the Ethereum blockchain have gained much adoption as yet.

However, if your application requires a public blockchain that is fully decentralized, then Ethereum is a good place to start.

Current Criticisms

Scalability has been sacrificed for decentralization. This means that the Ethereum network can only handle about 15 transactions per second, which is nowhere near enough if businesses are going to use it in earnest. This is a difficult problem to solve but will be critical to Ethereum’s success (or failure).

Few real-world current use cases. Mostly due to scalability.

Whitepaper

Ethereum has white (initial), yellow (technical) and beige (revamped yellow, but more readable) papers.

https://github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/White-Paper

https://ethereum.github.io/yellowpaper/paper.pdf

https://github.com/chronaeon/beigepaper/blob/master/beigepaper.pdf

 

 

 




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Use Digital Currency – How it works

How our Bitcoin Gift Card works

What is a Bitcoin Gift Card?

A Bitcoin Gift Card is the perfect way for the newcomer to get their first Bitcoin. It comes with a paper wallet and simple instructions to set up a software wallet so that you can transact with Bitcoin over the internet. Bitcoin Gift Cards are available in AU$25, $50, $100 and $500 denominations.

Who should buy a Bitcoin Gift Card?

Anyone new to Bitcoin will find no easier way to get their first Bitcoin.

They can be gifted by an existing cryptocurrency enthusiast, or bought by anyone wanting to get involved for the first time themselves.

How can I pay for my Bitcoin Gift Card?

You can pay with either cryptocurrency through our coinpayments.net payment gateway, or you can use Australian Dollars through our POLI Pay facility.

Can I use a Bitcoin Gift Card to top up an existing software wallet?

Yes. When you receive your additional Bitcoin Gift Card, you can simply import the "Secret" wallet identifier from your Bitcoin Gift Card into your existing software wallet. This will move your Bitcoin from your Bitcoin Gift Card into your existing software wallet. 

What does my Bitcoin Gift Card include?

Your Bitcoin Deposit, wallet and key generation and network transfer.

How long does it take to receive my Bitcoin Gift Card?

Going through to checkout takes about 2 minutes. You won't find an easier process anywhere. Once you've placed your order, it can take between 10 and 60 minutes to receive your Bitcoin Gift Card depending on the speed of the Bitcoin network at time of purchase.

How our Flexi eGift Cards work

We have partnered with GiftPay, an aggregator of online deliverable eGift Cards in Australia.

Through our agreement with GiftPay, you are able to purchase a Flexi eGift Card from us, redeemable at a broad range of retailers in Australia.

Watch the Video to see how it works

What is a Flexi eGift Card?

A Flexi eGift Card is an electronic gift card that lets you choose where you'd like to shop! In the past if you were given a gift card for a particular shop but didn't want to buy anything from that shop, you were stuck. But now with a Flexi eGift Card, you get to choose at which shop you spend your gift. 

What's more, you may be able to split your Flexi eGift Card and spend it at different shops! For example, if you have a $30 Flexi eGift Card, you could choose to split it up into a $20 Myer eGift Card and a $10 iTunes eGift Card. 

Where can I spend it?

You can spend your eGift Card at a broad range of Australian retailers. For a full list of our retailers, click here. (page showing full list of retailer logos)

How do I redeem it?

Your Flexi eGift Card will be emailed to you. Click the link in the email to open your Flexi eGift Card.

Then convert your Flexi eGift Card into any combination of gift cards or vouchers up to the total available balance. How you redeem your chosen gift card depends on the card or voucher chosen.

Pay a BPay Bill

What Bills can I pay?

You can pay any bill that has the BPAY logo and Biller Code including credit cards.

Are there any payment limits?

Yes. You can pay a maximum of $1000 per transaction based on regulatory limits. You can however break up a bill into multiple $1000 tranches and enter the same biller and customer reference code.

How does the transaction work?

When you enter the amount you wish to pay, the BPAY biller code and your bill’s customer reference number, you will click through to our checkout.

At checkout, you will be asked to leave your details, which enables us to satisfy our legal requirements under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Act 2017. This sounds ominous, but takes about 2 minutes.

When you proceed to payment, you will be shown the digital currency amount payable and the wallet address to send your digital currency to.

Once you have sent your digital currency to our payment gateway wallet, you will receive an email notifying you that your payment has been received. We then convert your digital currency to AUD and pay your BPAY bill on your behalf.

Are there any fees?

Yes. At checkout you will notice our 3% fee added to your bill amount. This is to help us manage the currency risk of a volatile digital currency market when converting to AUD for us to pay your bill. We use a third party payment gateway to enable the digital currency transaction. Our considerations when choosing a gateway was security, pricing (spread) and speed. You’ll note when at checkout (before proceeding to payment) that the price you receive on your digital currency is very competitive. Other digital currency BPAY facilitators charge up to 6% per transaction on the currency alone, which in our view is akin to highway robbery.

 

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