February 22, 2018
Contactless payment instrument to be funded with value exchanged from cryptocurrency
MELBOURNE, Fl--Fit Pay, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, Inc. is now accepting pre-orders for Flip, a new contactless payment device that will enable cryptocurrency holders to use the value of their currency to make purchases at millions of retail locations. The new device, which was announced earlier this month, uses value exchanged from cryptocurrency to make traditional payment transactions.
"Flip represents an exciting expansion of the FitPay Payment Platform by connecting cryptocurrencies to the payment ecosystem," said Michael Orlando, COO of NXT-ID and President of Fit Pay, Inc. "We founded Fit Pay to fundamentally change the payment experience, and making contactless payments with cryptocurrency is a big step toward that goal."
(Orlando will be keynoting the 2018 Canadian Payment Processor Congress on April 19 in Toronto. Find out more)
Flip's near field communication (NFC) antenna allows it to transact payments at any retail point of sale location that accepts contactless payments. Flip will store a preloaded amount of U.S. dollars that are exchanged from the user's existing cryptocurrency account. It includes a digital wallet that allows the user to set how much value they would like their Flip to hold and when they would like it to reload. Flip does not need to be charged. Initially, Flip will accept value exchanged from Bitcoin and will potentially expand to other cryptocurrencies in the future.
"Flip's coin-shaped form factor and distinctive coloring are definitely attention grabbing," said Orlando. "Early adopters who are already into Bitcoin, can now pre-order Flip and be among the first to make a contactless payment with their cryptocurrency."
"NXT-ID's expansion into the cryptocurrency space is a natural extension of our leading edge fintech capabilities," said Gino Pereira, CEO of NXT-ID. "In addition to helping make crypto currencies more usable on a daily basis we are also pursuing applications for blockchain technology in our core payment and healthcare businesses."
Consumers interested in purchasing Flip can pre-order the device at FliptoPay.com. The retail price for Flip is $29 with standard shipping included. There are account and exchange fees associated with maintaining a Flip digit wallet. Initial deliveries expected in the second quarter of 2018. Customers will only be charged when the product is shipped to them. Flip is currently only available in the United States. For more information, visit FliptoPay.com.
NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD) provides a comprehensive platform of technology products and services that enable the Internet of Things (IoT). With extensive experience in access control, biometric and behavior-metric identity verification, security and privacy, encryption and data protection, payments, miniaturization and sensor technologies, NXT-ID develops and markets groundbreaking solutions for payment and IoT applications