Ziglu Review (2021)
Ease of Use
Ziglu makes it easy to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC). It also has competitive fees: they’re just 1.25%.
However, you’re currently locked inside of Ziglu’s platform. You cannot send any cryptocurrency you buy to an external wallet. This really sucks.
Until they’ve added that functionality, I’m not going to be using it. Check out the link below for alternatives that support cryptocurrency deposits and withdrawals.
Ziglu is a UK-based cryptocurrency platform that has just launched in the UK. It allows you to easily buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies at competitive rates (1.25%).
That’s great, but there’s one huge downside: you cannot currently withdraw any cryptocurrency you buy on Ziglu. This is essential functionality that is missing from Ziglu’s crypto platform.
Read the full Ziglu review to find out more.
How Does Ziglu Work?
Ziglu is a cryptocurrency platform that launched on 15th June 2020. The company was founded by Mark Hipperson, who was previously a co-founder and CTO at Starling Bank.
To access Ziglu, you’ll need to download the app to your mobile device. It’s available on Apple and Android devices.
Registering an account and getting verified didn’t take long – it took me about 10 minutes. You then just need to deposit GBP into your account with a UK bank transfer. My deposit was credited within an hour.
Once you have GBP in your Ziglu account, it’s quick, easy, and simple to buy Bitcoin (BTC) or other supported cryptocurrencies. It’s probably the most user-friendly interface that I’ve used to buy Bitcoin (BTC) in the UK.
You can currently buy, sell, and hold the following cryptocurrencies on Ziglu:
- Bitcoin (BTC)
- Ethereum (ETH)
- Litecoin (LTC)
- Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
- Tezos (XTZ)
- Cardano (ADA)
- Chainlink (LINK)
- Solana (SOLO)
- Dogecoin (DOGE)
- Polkadot (DOT)
They’re looking to extend the range of cryptocurrencies they support soon™.
Note: Support for Ripple (XRP) was removed from Ziglu on the 12th January 2021.
Supported Fiat Currencies
Ziglu currently only supports GBP.
In an article on CoinDesk, the founder said that they expected to roll out demand for more fiat currencies in the future.
Ziglu is currently only available to residents in the United Kingdom.
Ziglu has competitive fees. Regardless of what cryptocurrency you’re buying or selling, Ziglu’s fees are just 1.25%. There’s nothing hidden in the exchange rate either – it’s the real market price.
It’s not the absolute cheapest way to buy Bitcoin (BTC) or other cryptocurrencies. However, I do like that they’re transparent about what fee you’re being charged. Numerous alternatives don’t do this – which makes it hard to know if you’re getting a good deal.
Ziglu doesn’t currently support real cryptocurrency wallets.
- Send your cryptocurrency to an external crypto wallet.
- Receive any cryptocurrency from an external crypto wallet.
- Spend your cryptocurrency (it’s currently just a speculation vehicle).
Ziglu has confirmed that they want to eventually roll out this functionality, but there’s no ETA.
Nevertheless, we do have plans to enable customers to send crypto to other Ziglu users (coming soon) plus sending to external wallets (planned but no dates yet). Thanks for showing an interest!
— Ziglu (@ZigluMoney) June 15, 2020
The Ziglu app also includes dedicated”Boost Accounts” which enable you to earn interest on your GBP or Bitcoin (BTC) funds.
You can currently get 5% APY on Bitcoin (BTC) stored in your Bitcoin Boost account and 5% APY on GBP stored in your Sterling Boost account. Interest is calculated every second and paid out weekly (on Saturday).
Your funds aren’t locked up, so you remove funds from these accounts at any time.
The interest you can earn on Bitcoin (BTC) stored in your Bitcoin Boost account seems quite competitive. To put it into context, alternatives like BlockFi are currently offering 4% interest on the first 0.25 BTC stored in your interest account. (For more information about them, check out my BlockFi review)
Ziglu has also released a MasterCard debit card – the Ziglu Card.
Compared to other bitcoin debit cards, it doesn’t look that interesting. It just looks like a normal debit card that’s connected to your Ziglu GBP balance.
There’s not much on their website about it, but you can find out more about their fees here. One thing I picked out was that they’ll pass on the best exchange rate they’re able to (with 0% commission) when using it in other countries.
However, it gives you no cashback or other incentives.
In contrast, the Crypto.com Visa Card gives you at least 1% in cashback on all your spending. Find out more about this card in my full Crypto.com review.
Summary: A Promising Contender
I was hoping this would be the UK’s version of CashApp: a simple way for more people to buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC).
Right now, though, it feels a lot like Revolut’s in-app cryptocurrency exchange. It makes buying or selling cryptocurrency a breeze, but it doesn’t let you take control of your funds or use them. This is essential functionality that is missing.
While the future looks bright for Ziglu, I won’t be using it in its current state.
But if you’re after something which is just as quick, easy, and simple as Ziglu?
Anything to Add?
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