Bitcoin.com wallet scam test. Bitpay and Copay removed from Google play.

Bitcoin.com web wallet was known for its’s controversy in promoting Bitcoin Cash (BCH) over the actual Bitcoin (BTC). The user that downloads this Bitcoin wallet is advised to buy BCH above any other crypto, and only a separate action is necessary to buy BTC, the actual Bitcoin. We’ve touched it in the previous Bitcoin.com review.

The Bitcoin.com wallet was consistently getting bad reviews, here’s the amount of 1 star responses it has now:

bitcoin com wallet reviews

At some point the Bitcoin.com wallet was removed from Google PlayStore, but it came back later. The users are continuing to leave consistently bad reviews about it:

bitcoin com wallet bad reviews

 

Is the Bitcoin.com wallet really scammy and misleading? Live test

Some commenters have been saying that Bitcoin.com wallet does not deserve all the heat as they do not misrepresent cryptocurrencies. That is, they leave the BTC option clearly visible for users and so on.

We’ve decided to install the Bitcoin.com wallet to see if it’s really scammy or not.

Here’s a step-by-step process of installing the Bitcoin.com wallet:

bitcoin.com wallet installation google play

 

Google Play installation. All good.

 

bitcoin.com wallet first launch android

 

First app launch

 

bitcoin.com android wallet first launch address creation

 

Creating wallets… seems OK

 

bitcoin.com wallet dashboard bch and btc

…and we’re in the dashboard of the Bitcoin.com wallet.

BCH is listed above BTC, it’s questionable, but not outright scammy. The name “Bitcoin core” sounds as if it’s another fork, but I guess some could live with that.

Let’s click “buy Bitcoin” – sic – BITCOIN – and see where that takes us:

bitcoin.com wallet buy bitcoins

 

Not connecting anything, just going the default way… Tap “buy with a credit card

 

bitcoin.com wallet buy bitcoin 2

 

OK, let’s go. Tapping “buy Bitcoin” and getting redirected to their website (Bitcoin.com) in the browser:

 

bitcoin.com wallet buy bitcoin website misleading SCAM

Voila… Bitcoin Cash is RECOMMENDED? By whom, why? That’s actually the misleading part.

This is where the Bitcoin.com scam happens.

That little recommended  word under BCH is a clear example of why the Bitcoin community considers Bitcoin.com an unreliable, misleading website.

Sure, BCH may be recommended by Bitcoin.com, but it’s not THE bitcoin that newcomers are after buying. It’s not the Bitcoin that makes the news or buys almost anything.

Verdict:

Bitcoin.com wallet, that is the Android app itself is not utterly scammy, though it labels BTC “bitcoin core”, as if it’s just another fork, which is misleading. However, when you try to buy Bitcoin with a credit card you are getting to a truly misleading page that favors BCH over BTC. This is scammy and aims to fool first-time users into buying BCH instead of BTC.

Avoid Bitcoin.com and the Bitcoin.com wallet.

 

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BitPay and CoPay wallets removed from Google Play

In other news, Bitpay and Copay wallets have been taken down from the PlayStore as well:

Bitpay taken down from the Play Store from Bitcoin

We covered problems with BitPay recently – they encourage BCH use by adding arbitrary extra fees to all BTC payments – read the BitPay problems review here. Ironically, BitPay is also founded by Roger Ver, the notorious promoter of the BCH fork as “satoshis vision”.

There is too much controversy surrounding these ordinary per se products, so it’s not really a big deal if they get removed from Google’s market or not. There are a lot of great Bitcoin wallets and crypto payment gateways to use instead of Bitcoin.com wallet and BitPay.

It would only be interesting to learn the official reasons why Google removed them, hopefully someone will leak that eventually – follow us on Twitter to stay tuned!

5 Comments
  1. Tim says

    “Bitcoin Cash is RECOMMENDED? By whom, why?”

    Recommended by whom? By Bitcoin.com obviously. Is it really that hard to understand? If your local restaurant said the steak is recommended, would you ask “By whom” ?

    Recommended, why? There is a tonne of content on Bitcoin.com explaining why. Would you prefer if they linked to that content? Sounds like a good idea to me but I’m guessing you wouldn’t like that either!

    1. Staff says

      See my reply to your colleague below. You are doing everything so that the person who wants to buy ONE coin, bought ANOTHER coin.

  2. Jessica says

    You in your own article show that it clearly indicates which is which and then you get butt hurt because BCH is recommended? By whom? Bitcoin.com of course! Are you daft?

    There’s nothing wrong with this at all; the scam is in your mind because you believe that new people who have no prior experience with Bitcoin are looking for your Bitcoin. But are they? Or are they really looking for the Bitcoin that they have heard about based on the properties that made it popular since it started in 2009? If so, then BTC is the scam because it has moved the goal posts and become something completely different, yet continues to advertise itself as Bitcoin.. BCH on the other hand carries on the original project that is the very same formula that got Bitcoin to where it is now. I personally think it’s a scam to NOT point this out to new users. Given them all the information then give them the choice (a recommendation is just a suggestion after all).

    Good luck getting outraged every time someone with a brain makes an educated decision to not use BTC.

    1. Staff says

      You are trying very hard to prove something that’s so obviously wrong.

      Whoever wants to buy Bitcoin Cash googles “buy bitcoin cash”. Whoever wants to buy Bitcoin googles “buy bitcoin”. You are selling Bitcoin Cash to people who want to buy Bitcoin. Those are two different coins with different prices and different adoption stages.

      If you advocate BCH for whatever reasons – you are free to do so. People promote Monero, Litecoin or Dash because they think they are better than Bitcoin. No one considers them scammers, because they do not mis-sell their coins to people who clearly want to buy Bitcoin, BTC. Even saying “this is better than Bitcoin” would be OK, but your app just pushes BCH to anyone willing to _buy bitcoin_.

      I am allowing your comment and replying only for the people who will read this later, you’re obviously on a salary (or just delusional).

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