If you’re based in the UK and looking for a cryptocurrency exchange that allows you buy digital coins with ease, you might want to consider Coinjar. The Australian-based platform allows you to quickly deposit funds via a UK bank transfer. Then, it’s just a case of deciding which cryptocurrency you want to buy.
In this Coinjar Review UK – we cover everything there is know about the platform. This includes tradable cryptocurrencies, supported payments, fees and commissions, and safety.
What is Coinjar?
Launched in 2013, Coinjar is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in Australia. However, the provider has since expanded its reach to the UK market, meaning that you can easily buy, sell, and trade digital coins.
In fact, unlike a lot of cryptocurrency brokers in the online space, Coinjar offers markets in GBP. This means that you can buy Bitcoin with British pounds without needing to worry about exchange rates. In the terms of what the platform offers, Coinjar is behind a variety of services.
This includes a traditional brokerage offering, meaning that you can buy cryptocurrencies directly. Alternatively, you might decide to use the platform to trade one cryptocurrency to another. In what it calls Coinjar Bundles, the platform also allows you to diversify into several cryptocurrencies via a single trade. This is like a mini index-fund.
When it comes to payments and fees, Coinjar does not support debit/credit cards or e-wallets. But, you can deposit funds via a UK Faster Payments bank transfer – which is usually credited in just a few minutes. This won’t cost you anything, but you will need to pay a commission of 1% on all purchases and sales.
Coinjar essentially offers two core platforms – a brokerage service and a cryptocurrency exchange. The former is for those of you that simply want to buy or sell a digital currency. The latter is for those that wish to actively trade cryptocurrencies on a short-term term basis. We’ll cover the Coinjar exchange in more detail later.
Nevertheless, if you want to use the platform to buy cryptocurrency – Coinjar supports the following coins:
- USD Coin
- Maker Dai
- 0x Token
- Basic Attention Token
- OMG Network
As you can see from the above, there is a good blend of major cryptocurrencies and smaller, less liquid projects. However, there are some notable exceptions. For example, Coinjar does not allow you to buy Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Cardano, Binance Coin, or Ethereum Classic. These are top-15 cryptocurrencies that you’ll find at FCA broker eToro.
So that you know which cryptocurrencies you can buy at the platform, in the next section of our Coinjar Review UK we are going to see what’s available on the provider’s digital exchange.
The Coinjar exchange is not too dissimilar to Coinbase Pro. That is to say, this section of the platform is arguably suitable for those with a bit of experience in cryptocurrency trading. This is because you have access to more features and tools – especially when it comes to charting.
In terms of what you can trade on the exchange, Coinjar supports both fiat-to-crypto and crypto-cross pairs. The former means that you will be trading a real currency against a digital coin like Bitcoin or Ethereum. On the Coinjar exchange, supported fiat currencies include the British pound and Australian dollar.
Examples of popular fiat-to-crypto pairs hosted by Coinjar are listed below:
If you fancy trading the exchange rate between two competing digital coins, these are known as crypto-cross pairs. On the Coinjar exchange, all crypto-cross pairs contain Bitcoin.
This includes the likes of:
In addition to Bitcoin-denominated pairs, the Coinjar exchange also supports stablecoins. For those unaware, these are digital currencies that are pegged to a fiat currency like the US dollar.
Allegedly, these projects are backed by cold-hard cash receives of the respective currency. At Coinjar, you can trade USDT (Tether) against a variety of cryptocurrencies. All in all, the Coinjar exchange is relatively thin on the ground in terms of tradable pairs.
For example, our Binance review found that the platform offers hundreds of cryptocurrency pairs to choose from, subsequently giving you much more in the way of flexibility.
Our eToro review found that the platform also offers a comprehensive cryptocurrency offering – both in terms of crypto-to-fiat and crypto-cross pairs.
When it comes to Coinjar fees, this will depend on the product or service you are interested in.
Let’s break these fees down so that you have a firm 360-degree overview of what you will likely need to pay to use the platform.
Before you can use your Coinjar account to buy or trade cryptocurrencies, you will first need to fund it. In this respect, you have two options – which we cover in more detail later on.
Nevertheless, if you deposit funds with a cryptocurrency then there are no fees. Similarly, if you transfer from your UK bank account, there are no fees. It is also fee-free to withdraw funds out – whether that’s via a bank transfer or digital currency.
So far, so good.
Buy and Sell Fees
Not to be confused with buy and sell orders on the Coinjar exchange, if you wish to purchase one of the platform’s supported digital currencies, then you will pay a variable fee of 1%.
For example, you might deposit £1,000 into the platform via a bank transfer, which is fee-free. But, if you then use that £1,000 to buy Bitcoin, your 1% commission will kick in – totaling £10. This is also the case when you decide to sell your cryptocurrency back to GBP.
For example, let’s suppose that when you get around to cashing out, your Bitcoin investment is worth £3,000. In turn, your 1% commission will cost you £30.
So how does this compare with other cryptocurrency exchanges in the UK? Well, our Coinbase review found that the popular broker charges 3,99% on debit card purchases and a further 2% when you cash out back to the same payment method. Or, if using a bank transfer, you’ll simply pay a trading commission of 1.49% per slide.
Although Coinjar is evidently cheaper than Coinbase, it’s relatively expensive in comparison to eToro. This FCA broker charges just 0.5% on deposits, and nothing in trading commissions. As such, in the example above where you paid £10 and £30 in commission at Coinjar, the same transaction would have cost you just £20.
Exchange Trading Commission
If you decide to use the Coinjar exchange to trade cryptocurrency pairs, there is a different pricing structure. Like a lot of cryptocurrency exchanges, the provider utilizes a market ‘maker’ and ‘taker’ system.
The former means that you are providing liquidity for Coinjar. If you’re just a casual trader, then you will be a market taker.
- In turn, you will pay a commission of 0.20% if you traded less than £6,000 in the prior month.
- Anything between this figure and below £60,000 in the prior month reduces the commission to 0.15%.
- The lowest trading commission available at Coinjar is 0.08%, which requires a 30-day volume of £6 million or more.
Are these trading fees commission? Well, Binance charges a trading commission of just 0.10% – and even less for larger volumes. Once again, eToro charges no commission at all – so the broker is unrivaled in this respect.
Coinjar Buying Limits
Coinjar offers high limits of £10,000 per day when you are transferring funds with your UK bank account. Anything more than this and you might be deemed a corporate account user – which will require additional documentation. The minimum stands at just £5, which is great for first-timers.
Coinjar does not offer a conventional ‘private’ currency wallet. By this, we mean that your digital currency holdings are stored in the Coinjar web wallet.
In turn, this means that you will not have access to your private keys – so you trusting Coinjar to keep your funds safe. This is the least secure way of storing cryptocurrencies.
Nevertheless, Coinjar notes that it offers several safeguards in keeping your funds safe, which includes:
The vast majority of client crypto-funds are held in ‘cold storage’. For those unaware, this means that they are kept in hardware wallets that are never connected to a live server.
As a result, this makes it extremely difficult for the funds to be hacked remotely. The small percentage of client funds that are held online are for liquidity and withdrawal purposes.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a crucial safeguard that Coinjaer offers. Although not compulsory, we strongly suggest that you set this up if you are planning to keep your crypto funds at the platform.
Put simply, every time you log in to your account or attempt to make a withdrawal request, you will need to bypass an additional verification step.
This comes in the form of a code that is sent to your mobile device. In theory, this means that unless somebody had both your Coinjar login credentials and mobile phone, it would be very difficult for them to gain access to your account.
The team at Coinjar also claim to have machine learning technologies in place. This allows the platform to automatically flag suspicious activities. For example, if a login attempt comes from a non-UK IP address or you deposit a significant amount.
Coinjar Mobile App
While most traders use the main Coinjar website, some of you might want to gain access to your account while on the move.
If so, you’ll be pleased to know that Coinjar offers a fully-fledged mobile app. This is available on both iOS and Android devices. Both versions of the app can be downloaded free of charge and allow you to perform all account features.
This includes the ability to:
- Buy and sell cryptocurrencies
- Trade cryptocurrencies via the Coinjar exchange
- Deposit and withdraw funds
- View the value of your portfolio
In addition to the above, the Coinjar app comes with a handy QR code feature – which works for both incoming and outgoing transactions.
For example, if you wanted somebody to transfer funds into your Coinjar wallet, they would simply need to scan your unique QR code. Or, if you wanted to transfer funds out of your wallet, you could scan the QR code via your phone camera.
In terms of reviews in the public domain, this is mixed depending on which version of the app you are using. For example, the Coinjar app has an excellent rating of 4.7/5 on the Apple Store.
This is across more than 3,500 individual reviews. However, on Google Play, the Coinjar app has a rating of just 3.6/5. This is across just 300 reviews though, which isn’t really a large enough sample size.
Coinjar User Experience
Our Coinjar Review 2021 found that one of the most appealing aspects of the platform is that it is really simple to use. In other words, if you are looking to buy cryptocurrencies for the very first time, Coinjar would be a suitable option.
For example, when you first head over to the website you will see that the platform uses a clean, concise, and super user-friendly layout. Everything is displayed clearly, so it’s easy to navigate to your required product or service. This is also the case when it comes to opening an account and depositing funds.
You simply need to follow the on-screen instructions – so again, there is no requirement to have any prior experience. Additionally, when you get around to buying or selling your chosen cryptocurrency, it’s simply a case of selecting the coin you are interested in, entering your stake, and confirming the transaction.
When it comes to the Coinjar exchange, this also offers a seamless experience. Even if you have never traded cryptocurrencies previously, you shouldn’t run into any issues. On the flip side, if you are a seasoned trader that knows how cryptocurrency exchanges work, you might find the platform somewhat basic.
Coinjar Trading Tools and Features
While we have already discussed the platform’s cryptocurrency brokerage and exchange services, Coinjar offers a number of other features that you might be interested in.
This is an interesting Coinjar feature that we briefly mentioned earlier. Put simply, Coinjar Bundles allow you to invest in cryptocurrencies in a diversified manner.
In other words, instead of buying just one cryptocurrency, you can hedge your risk by investing in a group of digital coins via a single transaction.
There is a range of Coinjar Bundles to choose from, which includes:
- ERC-20 Bundle: This consists of all ERC-20 tokens hosted on the Coinjar website.
- Stellar/Ripple: This consists of an even split between Stellar Lumens and Ripple
- CoinJar Universe: This Bundle will see you purchase a weighted split of all digital currencies available on the Coinjar website.
On the one hand, Coinjar Bundles are great for buying several cryptocurrencies through one trade – subsequently allowing you to create a diversified portfolio of digital currencies. However, other than the Coinjar Universe Bundle, these are not diversified enough.
Instead, we would suggest considering eToro CopyPortfolios if you want to create a highly diverse basket of crypto assets. For example, it offers a CryptoPortfolio that contains heaps of digital currency projects – with each coin weighted based on a variety of factors.
Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, eToro CopyPortfolios are automatically rebalanced by the team of in-house traders – meaning that the end-to-end investment process is 100% passive. This works more like an actively managed mutual fund, while the Coinjar Bundles are not too dissimilar to index funds.
If you are looking to invest at least £25,000 into a cryptocurrency, Coinjar offers an OTC (Over-the-Counter) service. This means that the platform will personally execute a buy or sell order for you with a large-scale provider. In turn, you will benefit from wholesale market rates and super-competitive commissions.
Coinjar Debit Card (Coming Soon)
Moving into 2021, UK residents will have access to the Coinjar debit card. This will allow you to purchase goods and services online and in-store. Each transaction will be converted by Coinjar at the point of purchase.
For example, if you with £100 from an ATM with your Coinjar debit card, the transaction will be paid for with your cryptocurrency holdings – and exchanged at the current rate.
Although it’s not the most comprehensive, Coinjar is also behind a blog. This contains market insights and discussions of key developments in the world of cryptocurrencies. There is also a selection of newbie-friendly guides on offer – such as cryptocurrency-related tax and how to safely store digital coins.
When it comes to supported payment methods, our Coinjar Review UK found that the provider offers two options. Firstly, if you already have access to a cryptocurrency – and it is supported by the Coinjar wallet, then you can quickly transfer the funds in.
Alternatively, if you want to deposit funds with British pounds, the only option here is a UK bank transfer. While most online brokers make you wait several days for the funds to be credited, Coinjar has partnered with the Faster Payments Network.
This means that after your initial deposit, you should be able to add funds to your Coinjar account in just a few minutes. However, the first payment that you take might take a few hours – as per verification checks. In terms of withdrawals, Coinjar notes that the funds should arrive in your bank account the next working day.
On the other hand, it is disappointing that Coinjar does not offer additional fiat payment gateways. For example, you can’t buy Bitcoin with a debit card, nor can you buy Bitcoin with Paypal. If these are payment methods that you prefer to use, eToro offers debit/credit cards, as well as Paypal, Skrill, and Neteller.
Coinjar Minimum Deposit
The minimum deposit at Coinjar is just £5. This is ideal for those of you that want to dabble in the cryptocurrency arena for the first time, but don’t want to risk larger amounts.
Coinjar Regulation & Licensing
When you visit a trusted cryptocurrency exchange that is fully licensed, you can normally find information about its regulatory status with ease. In most cases, this is either highlighted on the homepage or displayed as a footnote with the respective license number.
However, our Coinjar Review UK could not find any information on the platform itself, so we had to do a bit more digging. In a nutshell, Coinjar is a ‘registered business’ in the UK.
But, it is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
So what does this mean for the safety of your funds? Well, when you use an FCA broker like eToro, the provider is required to keep client money in segregated bank accounts. It is also required to have its books audited on a regular basis, and keep a minimum amount of working capital.
And of course, FCA brokers need to go through a highly cumbersome and costly process just to get the license itself. All in all, using Coinjar might prove somewhat problematic if you are seeking a fully regulated platform (which you should).
The only safeguard that you is that Coinjar claims to keep 90% of client crypto-assets in cold storage. But of course, there is no way of verifying this independently – so the entire investment and trading process so based on trust.
Coinjar Contact and Customer Service
Customer service at Coinjar is lacking. There is no contact method that allows you to receive support in real-time – meaning no live chat or telephone assistance.
Instead, everything must go through a support ticket. It remains to be seen how long it takes to get a reply. When you initially click on the ‘Contact’ button, you are redirected to an FAQ section.
Although reasonably extensive, this might not be sufficient to resolve your account query.
How to Use Coinjar
If you’ve read our in-depth Coinjar Review 2020 up to this point and feel the broker is right for you, we are now going to show you how to get started.
The steps below will show you how to register, deposit funds, and ultimately – buy cryptocurrency your chosen cryptocurrency.
Step 1: Open an Account
To get the ball rolling, visit the Coinjar UK website and click on the ‘Sign Up’ button. You can do this online or via your mobile phone.
Next, you will be asked to enter some personal information.
- Full Name
- Residential Address
- Date of Birth
- Email Address
- Mobile Number
You also need to create a strong password, which you’ll need to access your Coinjar account.
Step 2: Account Verification
As per UK anti-money laundering laws, you will need to verify your identity.
The only exception to this rule is you plan on using Coinjar to store and transfer digital currencies. But, if you want to fund your account via a bank transfer, you need to provide two documents.
- Valid UK passport or driver’s license
- Bank account statement or utility bill (this can be a digital statement)
If the quality of your document does not meet Coinjar’s expected standards, the system will ask you to reupload it.
Finally, you need to take a selfie of yourself holding your government-issued ID next to your face. This is slowly but surely becoming standard practice in the online verification space, as it ensures nobody is fraudulently trying to open an account on your behalf.
Step 3: Transfer Funds
It remains to be seen how long it takes Coinjar to manually verify your documents. You will, however, receive an email letting you know when the verification process is complete.
When it is, you can proceed to transfer funds from your UK bank account. Coinjar will display the bank account details that you need to send the funds to.
You will also be asked to enter a unique reference number when making the transfer so that Coinjar can credit the funds quickly. Don’t forget, the minimum transfer is just £5 and there are no fees.
Step 4: Buy Cryptocurrency
As soon as your Coinjar account has been funded, you can proceed to buy a cryptocurrency.
In your main account dashboard, click on the cryptocurrency that you want to buy. Then, enter the amount that you wish to invest in pounds and pence.
When you confirm the purchase, the funds will be taken from your cash account. In turn, the digital currency will then be placed into your Coinjar web wallet. You can leave the coins there or withdraw them to a private wallet.
Coinjar vs eToro
Coinjar ticks a lot of boxes – especially when it comes to user-friendliness. But, is Coinjaer the best UK broker to buy cryptocurrencies from? The simple answer is no. We know this because we performed a full, in-depth comparison between Coinjar and eToro.
Our findings are as follows:
Let’s start with payments. As we have discussed throughout this Coinjar Review UK, the platform only accepts bank transfers. While this is also supported by eToro, the broker supports debit/credit cards and e-wallets, too.
These payments are faster and much more convenient. This is easily the case if you are on the road and want to make a purchase instantly.
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At Coinjar UK, you won’t pay any fees to deposit or withdraw funds via bank transfer – which is great. However, you will need to pay 1% to buy or sell cryptocurrencies. Over at eToro, the broker charges 0.5% on deposits, but nothing in trading commissions.
Here’s what a £500 Bitcoin purchase would cost you at both platforms:
- At Coinjar, you’d pay nothing on the deposit, but £5 in commission to make the purchase. Assuming you sold your Bitcoin at the same valuation, you’d again pay a 1% commission of £5. That totals £10.
- At eToro, you’d pay a 0.5% FX fee on your £500 deposit, so that’s £2.50. This is your all-in fee, as you’ll pay nothing to buy or sell Bitcoin at eToro.
As you can see from the above, the process at eToro would save you 67% in fees.
For us, the main separator between Coinjar and eToro is in terms of safety. As we discussed in this review, Coinjar is not regulated in the UK.
This presents several problems that ultimately – make us feel uncomfortable. eToro, on the other hand, is not only authorized and regulated by the FCA – but with licensing bodies in Australia and Cyprus, too.
On the one hand, if you want to buy and sell cryptocurrencies in a fast and user-friendly manner, Coinjar is well worth considering. However, the platform does fall short in several areas. At the forefront of this is a lack of FCA regulation and no support for debit/credit cards and e-wallets.
This is why we would instead suggest considering eToro. Not only is the broker regulated by the FCA, but it allows you to deposit funds instantly with a debit/credit card, Paypal, Skrill, or Neteller. The final icing on the cake is that eToro is a 100% commission-free broker.
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