Anycoin Direct is a cryptocurrency brokerage platform headquartered in the Netherlands. The company was registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce by Lennert Vlemmings, Bram C. L. Ceelen, and Julian A. W. van der Wijst under the name Bitplaats B.V. in April 2013.
In 2014, the company expanded its services to Belgium by implementing the payment method, Bancontact, formerly known as Mister Cash. Initially, Anycoin Direct was called Bitplaats (Dutch for Bit[coin]place). However, the name was changed to fit the geographic area served. The company name was also changed from Bitplaats B.V. to Phoenix Payments B.V. for the same reason. The same year, Anycoin Direct further expanded its services to the European Economic Area (EEA) with the addition of Single Euro Payments (SEPA). Additional local payment methods where added: Giropay & Mybank in September, Sofort in October, and Trustpay in March 2015.
Anycoin Direct announced an €500.000 private investment funding in January 2015. The funding allowed the company to expand outside the European Economic Area into Canada. Anycoin Direct partnered with San Francisco-based Salt Technology, Inc. to provide Interac Online Payments services to its Canadian customers. It discontinued service to Canada in late December 2016.
In March 2018, Anycoin Direct became the first European crypto broker to implement SegWit, a protocol upgrade that reduces the load placed on the Bitcoin network and improves scalability.
Anycoin Direct’s mission statement is “Cryptocurrencies: easily available for everyone, fully under your control.” It aims to achieve this by focusing on three pillars: convenience, speed and security.
You can contact Anycoin Direct through all of the following channels:
- Support ticket
Supported payment methods
- Sofort banking
Fees and rates
Concurrently, Anycoin Direct’s product folio consists of 21 cryptocurrencies available for buy, sell, and trade orders. The overall commission ranges between 0.3 and 1.0% without account (maintenance) fees .
The various payment methods charge a fixed and a variable amount.