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Bull Bitcoin Exchange Eyes Costa Rica Market

Canadian crypto exchange Bull Bitcoin confirmed expanding into Costa Rica. The firm announced that it will leverage the SINPE Movil payment infrastructure to execute Bitcoin swaps.

The firm indicated via a Tuesday, September 12 publication that it is expanding its commercial foray into Costa Rica. The announcement, also replicated in its X (formerly Twitter) post, indicated it was the pioneer Bitcoin enterprise to leverage the SINPE Movil. The latter involves the main payment provider in the country that offers Bitcoin on-and-off-ramp.

Bull Bitcoin targets to benefit from the Bitcoin circular economy initiative identified as Bitcoin Jungle to allow BTC purchase and sale using Costa Rica’s currency- colón via the project’s digital wallet. Costa Ricans and nonresidents seeking Bitcoin-colónes swap should download the Bitcoin Jungle wallet. The next process involves creating usernames and selecting the SINPE Movil option.

Bull Bitcoin Eyes the Fairly Banking Profile of Costa Ricans

Bull Bitcoin post identifies SINPE Movil as an electronic payments platform that mirrors the Kenyan M-Pesa model. It represents the Spanish acronym for the National System for Electronic Payments, run by Costa Rica’s central bank. The platform facilitates instant sending and receipt movements using mobile phone numbers.


Local media platforms indicated that over 60% of Costa Ricans utilize the SINPE Movil. As such, the system supports transactions equivalent to 17% of Costa Rica’s GDP. Further, Bull Bitcoin’s post identified that SINPE Movil does not offer dedicated application services. Instead, it runs interbank settlement services similar to Interac in Canada and Zelle in the US.

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Bull Bitcoin chief executive Francis Pouliot labeled the integration of SINPE Movil the game-changing partnership, considering that all Costa Ricans utilize the service. The executive identified the platform as simple to transact instantly. 

Pouliot considers SINPE Movil as yielding a magical experience from its capability to send money to Costa Rica’s contacts in seconds. The application facilitates low-cost transactions. 

Pouliot revealed in a September 12 tweet that Bull Bitcoin’s expansion into Costa Rica is the first for any exchange. The move will attract millions of Costa Ricans seeking low-cost transactions. The executive added that the integration would accommodate tourists and businesses seeking off-ramp services.

Pouliot cited the three years of experience living in Costa Rica as witnessing the country realize a fairly banked profile primarily through the SINPE Movil. The Canadian national indicated that integrating SINPE Movil is timely as it eyes demonstrated the uptake of cryptocurrencies among Costa Ricans.

Real-time Experiments for the Golden Triangle’s Circular Economy

Bitcoin Jungle founder Lee Salminen identifies the partnership with Bull Bitcoins as harboring the potential to provide in-depth insight into the entire Latin America region. He observed that as the local partner, he reiterated his devotion to assessing Costa Rica in providing a unique opportunity to realize real-time experiments.  

Salminen assured that the provision of ground-level insight is critical for Bull Bitcoin exchange in discovering the impact and adoption rate. He added that Bitcoin Jungle has, since its unveiling, committed to facilitating the Bitcoin circular economy identified as the Golden Triangle in Costa Rica. 

Salminen explained that the Golden Triangle features the Dominical, Tinamaste, Ojochal, Uvita, and Platanillo communities. It targets to replicate Bitcoin Beach operations and achievements in El Salvador. 

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Bull Bitcoin Integration with SINPE Movil Benefits

Pouliot profiled SINPE Movil addresses the largest hindrance to Bitcoin adoption in Costa Rica. In particular, the integration will deliver the infrastructure that would allow individuals and businesses to execute money transfers between the Bitcoin network and the conventional financial system.

The Bull Bitcoin entry into Costa Rica yields a much-needed reprieve for businesses that can now settle payments to suppliers, utility bills, and staff from their Bitcoin wallet. It eliminates the need to fund the exchange account and receive wire transfers to their respective bank account.

Bull Bitcoin’s partnership with SINPE Movil saves tourists and expatriates from the difficulty and high cost of sending money through international wire transfers. The alternative of utilizing credit cards normally attracts fees exceeding 5% of the transaction’s amount.

The utilization of Bitcoin Swap eases the token’s adoption and spending within the local economy. The integration eliminates the need to open a local bank account when executing the international transfer of Bitcoin.

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Stephen Causby

Stephen Causby is an experienced crypto journalist who writes for Tokenhell. He is passionate for coverage in crypto news, blockchain, DeFi, and NFT.

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