XRP holders have been incredibly excited as of late due to the cryptocurrency’s overwhelming performance over the past week, leading the crypto markets as it rose from $0.25 all the way up to nearly $0.80 before stabilizing at its current price of $0.45. XRP investors may now have another use-case to be excited about: Coil.
Coil To Accept XRP Payments
The reasons behind this meteoric rise have been somewhat unclear, but things like the upcoming Swell conference, hosted by Ripple, and the potential release of Ripple’s XRP based settlement system, xRapid, have been floated as reasons behind the price rise. In addition to being used for Ripple’s xRapid product, investors may be excited to hear that the upcoming launch of a new company, called Coil, may provide even more use-cases for the cryptocurrency.
Coil is a recently founded company headed by a former Ripple executive, that allows the internet’s largest companies to effectively accept XRP as a form of payment, expanding its use from simply a settlement vehicle to an effective currency.
Coil was launched earlier this year by Ripple’s former Chief Technology Officer, Stefan Thomas, with the goal of using micro-payments to fix the issues that currently exist with online advertisement placement. Coil currently has trial partnerships with sites like YouTube, Wikipedia, and Twitch.
Thomas spoke about Coil’s mission, saying:
“For decades, people have discussed the potential of micropayments to support content creators that would move us away from the broken ad-supported web… Others have created subscription services that bundle content. But micropayments and subscriptions have always been built as closed systems, which fail to capture the huge variety of content on the web.”
Coil is a direct competitor with the Brave web browser, which utilizes BAT tokens in order to facilitate micro-payments for internet content. Coil is also similar in concept to ChangeTip, an internet tipping app that was popular on social media before it burned through its funding and closed its operations.
Coil Could Affect XRP’s Price
Because XRP’s recent price spike can be largely attributed to speculation regarding the xRapid being released during the Swell conference occurring in the coming weeks, it is clear that investors are looking to see just how practical XRP is as a cryptocurrency, with many detractors claiming that there simply aren’t enough use-cases that make it a better alternative to Bitcoin or other competing altcoins.
That being said, investors may take note of the use of XRP for Coil’s upcoming launch, which could positively affect XRP’s price. Currently, one of the most popular and widespread methods for tipping influencers and content creators on Twitter and Reddit is through the XRP Tip Bot, which has facilitated over 55,000 XRP tips totaling at 72,684 XRP sent in total.
Coil would take the concept of micro-payments using XRP to the next level, and, if successful, could prove that XRP is efficient for transferring both large and small quantities of value.
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