Wirex Card Review (2022)
Ease of Use
Wirex provides crypto-friendly accounts that support 52 cryptocurrencies (although they’re not all available in every country), have reasonable fees (around 2.5% when I checked), and a decent enough user interface.
Wirex has full functionality in 38 countries (including Australia, New Zealand, much of the EU, and most of the United States). However, UK residents currently have significantly restricted access to everything that Wirex has to offer.
Wirex is a crypto-friendly currency account. It allows you to store, transfer, and exchange between cryptocurrencies (e.g., Bitcoin) and fiat currencies (i.e., GBP, EUR, & USD).
You can also shop in-store and online with Wirex’s GBP Mastercard debit card
Is it the best bitcoin debit card available in the UK and EU? Check out this Wirex review to see what I think.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Hold a UK FCA e-money licence.
- Quick verification (less than 5 mins).
- Buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC) and more than 50 other cryptocurrencies without paying unreasonable fees (2.5%).
- Buy, sell, and store up to 8 traditional fiat currencies (including GBP, EUR, and USD).
- Earn up to 2% cashback (in WRX) when you use your Wirex card in-store or online.
- Contactless Mastercard or Visa debit card (issued and delivered for FREE).
- Browser-based and mobile apps (iOS & Android).
- There’s no monthly account management fee.
- 24/7 customer support.
- 3.2 Trustpilot rating (9000+ reviews)
- It’s possible to buy and sell bitcoin (BTC) cheaper elsewhere.
- Only temporarily registered as a cryptoasset business by the FCA.
- Limited number of cryptocurrencies available in some countries (just 9 in the UK).
- You’ll need to pay £29.99 per month to unlock the highest cashback rates.
- The desktop interface looks terrible and feels harder to use.
- Wirex cards aren’t accepted in some places (but this is quite rare).
What Is Wirex?
Wirex was established in late-2014 by Dmitry Lazarichev and Pavel Matveev. They’re based in the UK but have offices around the world, with more than 250 employees. They were previously known as ‘E-Coin’ but rebranded in 2016.
To sum up their mission statement, Wirex is aiming to.
- Expand the availability of banking services.
- Get more people involved in the ongoing financial revolution.
- Remove the geographic limitations of finance.
- Store 52 cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Chainlink (LINK) – in Wirex’s web wallets.
- Send from, and receive to, these cryptocurrency web wallets.
- Buy and sell supported cryptocurrencies with GBP, EUR, USD and other fiat currencies at reasonable rates (currently about 2.5% in fees).
- Wirex’s GBP and EUR cards are Mastercard debit cards, and their US cards are Visa debit cards.
- You can use these cards anywhere that Mastercard (in the UK and EU) or Visa (in the US) is accepted. For reference, there are 61 million outlets and ATMs around the world that accept Mastercards. There are even more outlets and ATMs that accept Visa debit cards (about 80 million).
- Earn up to 2% cashback (in Wirex Token) when you use your Wirex card in-store or online.
- Contactless payments are supported.
Wirex fully supports 38 countries – including Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, and most of the United States.
There’s partial support (i.e., without card features) in dozens of other countries. You can check what features are available in your country – or one that you’re visiting – here.
This includes popular cryptocurrencies like:
- Bitcoin (BTC)
- Ethereum (ETH)
- Litecoin (LTC)
- Cardano (ADA)
- Chainlink (LINK)
- Ripple (XRP)
- Nano (XNO)
- Dogecoin (DOGE)
If you live in Europe, then you should be able to buy, sell, store, and transfer all of these cryptocurrencies.
FYI: Wirex has recently mentioned that they’re looking at adding more popular cryptocurrencies in the near future.
Supported Traditional (Fiat) Currencies
Wirex supports the following traditional (i.e., government-issued) currencies:
- British Pound (GBP)
- Euro (EUR)
- US Dollar (USD)
- Australian Dollar (AUD)
- Canadian Dollar (CAD)
- Czech Koruna (CZK)
- Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
- New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
- Japanese Yen (JPY)
- Swiss Franc (CHF)
- Singapore Dollar (SGD)
- Mexican Peso (MXN)
- Hungarian Forint (HUF)
- Polish Złoty (PLN)
- Romanian Leu (RON)
- Croatian Kuna (HRK)
And if you’re a resident in the United States, the only fiat currency you’ll have access to is the US Dollar (USD).
Ongoing UK Issues
Existing UK residents can top-up your Wirex account by adding GBP with a debit card, or sending over cryptocurrency that you’ve bought elsewhere.
Wirex previously allowed UK residents to deposit GBP via UK bank transfers (via Faster Payments) and EUR via SEPA bank transfers. This functionality was temporarily removed in March 2021. While Wirex has said that it’s a “top priority” to re-add this functionality, we’re still waiting for them to re-enable registrations as of February 2022.
Outside the UK
In the EU, it still seems like you can only add money to your Wirex account with a debit card.
Check out this help article for some relevant fees/limits.
Wirex Card Fees
Setting up a Wirex account is FREE and getting a physical card issued and delivered is also FREE. There are also no domestic transaction fees and no loading fees. In a recent update, Wirex also removed the monthly account management fees that you used to be charged.
However, you’ll need to pay up to £29.99 per month to unlock the highest cashback and savings rates. If you stick with a free account, then you’ll be limited to just 0.5% cashback (in-store only).
These are the other Wirex card fees and limits and fees that I picked out:
|Fee or Limit||Charges (UK)||Charges (EEA)|
|ATM charge (Domestic & International)||FREE for up to €400 per month.|
(2% fee on anything above this)
|FREE for up to €400 per month.
(2% fee on anything above this)
|ATM withdrawal limit (Daily)||€250||€500|
|ATM withdrawal limit (Monthly)||€2,000||€5,000|
|Spending limit (Daily)||€1,500||€20,000|
|Spending limit (Monthly)||€7,500||€20,000|
|Credit & debit card top-up||€1,300 per day||€2,500 per day|
|Maximum account balance||UNLIMITED||UNLIMITED|
(All charges are equivalent in your local currency.)
When you use the Wirex card abroad, it’ll also automatically convert to the local currency at the “best possible interbank & over-the-counter (OTC) rates, with no exchange fees”.
Buying Bitcoin With Wirex
Buying Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies using Wirex isn’t as cheap as it used to be.
There’s a hidden fee in the cryptocurrency exchange rate, in addition to a fixed fee of 1% which you’ll pay whenever you exchange cryptocurrencies using Wirex.
It was previously possible to buy and send supported cryptocurrencies on Wirex without ordering a Wirex card too. However, you won’t get full functionality if you don’t get a Wirex card.
Wirex Token (WXT)
Wirex Token (WXT) is a utility token issued by Wirex.
It’s not required whatsoever, but you can upgrade your Wirex account using Wirex Token (WXT) to unlock higher cashback rates.
|Monthly Cost (Approx)||£0||£9.99||£29.99|
This cashback is paid out in Wirex Token (WXT), but the amount of cashback you’re able to get is limited (depending on whether you have a Standard, Premium, or Elite account).
|Max Cashback (Per Month)||10,000 WXT||50,000 WXT||150,000 WXT|
|Max Cashback (Per Transaction)||1,000 WXT||5,000 WXT||15,000 WXT|
At the time of writing, this means you can earn up to about £30 in cashback per month if you’re on a Standard account. That means you’d stop getting cashback if you spent more than around £6000 in a month (in-store) using the Wirex card on a Standard account.
If you upgrade to a Premium or Elite Wirex account, you’ll also be able to earn interest on your Wirex Token (WXT) balance. You’ll currently get 4% interest on your WXT balance as a Premium user or 12% if you upgrade to an Elite account.
I think Wirex’s browser interface looks terrible, but it does the job.
Wirex has quite obviously developed the web interface around the mobile. The mobile version works and feels a lot better though.
Coinbase Card is another half-decent crypto debit card available in the UK.
It offers a great user experience, allowing you to spend directly from your cryptocurrency balance.
But the fees suck. Every single time you make a purchase, you’ll be charged a cryptocurrency exchange fee of 2.49%.
Ooof! No thanks.
To find out more, check out my Coinbase Card review.
Another option is the Crypto.com Visa Card.
It offers cashback on all your spending (up to 8%) and some other juicy benefits (like 100% cashback on Spotify, Netflix, and Amazon Prime). It’s currently available in the UK, EU, US, and parts of Asia-Pacific.
Check out my Crypto.com review to learn more.
Summary: Best Bitcoin Debit Card?
It’s obviously disappointing that UK residents haven’t been able to use Wirex for most of 2021.
But for everyone else, what’s there to like about it?
- It’s convenient and beginner-friendly. You get can going in no time at all.
- Wirex’s debit cards are accepted anywhere a normal Mastercard (in the EU and UK) or Visa (in Singapore and the US) is. At least to me, that feels like nearly everywhere.
- You can buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies at reasonable rates (about 2.5% in fees).
- Cashback on in-store purchases starts at 0.5%, but you can get up to 2% if you subscribe to their ‘Elite’ plan.
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