Dell has begun accepting bitcoins for payments on its main Dell.com website. The move follows the introduction of bitcoin payments in the US last year.
Michael Dell revealed on Twitter last summer that the company is accepting bitcoin payments, and soon after Dell took an order for over $50,000 for servers in a bitcoin payment.
The firm’s chief blogger, Laura Thomas, confirmed that buyers in the UK and Canada will be able to buy items from the Dell website using the virtual currency.
“We are seeing purchases across our full product and customer spectrum, from software and peripherals to our business PCs and even our largest transaction to date, north of $50,000 for a highly configured PowerEdge server system,” she said.
“This form of payment is clearly resonating with consumers and small and medium businesses. And now we’re excited to take the choice and flexibility this payment option offers global, maintaining our partnership with Coinbase to make this possible."
Dell chief information officer Paul Walsh explained that expanding bitcoin payments to the UK and Canada gives customers as many payment options as possible.
“Through the expansion of bitcoin we’re enabling new levels of convenience for our customers, making it easier for them to do business with Dell,” he said.
Bitcoin remains a niche form of payment to the vast majority of people and businesses, but Dell's move to widen its markets for the currency underlines a growing move towards mainstream acceptance.
The UK government launched a call for information on the benefits and risks of digital currencies, such as bitcoin, in a consultation last year with a view to supporting Britain's growing financial technology sector.
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