How to Buy Bitcoin

Can You Buy Less Than One Bitcoin?
Coin Cloud Team
, published on 
August 27, 2020
How to Buy Bitcoin

We’ve talked before about Where to Purchase Bitcoin and all your various buying options … but you might still have some questions about how to buy it, and how much you can and can’t get.

Most people have an initial reaction of disbelief when they first encounter Bitcoin. “Wait, what do you mean it’s $12,000? I don’t have that much. So, I can’t buy any bitcoin?”

Buying Less Than One Bitcoin

Well, the cool thing about Bitcoin (BTC) is you don’t have to buy a whole “coin.” And yeah, it probably seems a little strange that something with a name that combines “bit” (as in, a little bit) and “coin” (as in, pocket change) can possibly be worth so much. Shouldn’t it be a teeny value with a name like “bit-coin,” and shouldn’t I be able to buy a bunch of them if I do have $12,000?

That was actually how it started out. In the beginning, when launched in 2009, bitcoin was worth practically nothing. Then a little bit more than nothing. Then it started climbing in value … a few cents in 2010, a few dollars in 2011, $13 in 2012, a few hundred from 2013 through 2016, a few thousand in 2017 (hitting a high of almost $20,000), and holding in the thousands ever since. Well, it goes up and down, but still stays in the thousands.

Some financial experts are even predicting six figures in the future.

But, back to the point … you can buy any amount of bitcoin, down to 0.001 BTC (1mBTC) or even a “Satoshi,” named after Bitcoin’s creator, which is 0.00000001 BTC (bitcoin to its 8th decimal).

How to Purchase Bitcoin

When it comes to how to purchase your bitcoin (even if it’s not a full bitcoin, it’s still called “buying bitcoin”), the fastest and easiest way is to use a Bitcoin ATM, a.k.a. BTM. This greatly diminishes the tech learning curve for beginners, and goes through in 10 minutes instead of hours or days.

Plus, you don’t need to connect your bank account – in fact, you don’t even have to have a bank account. Advanced Bitcoin ATMs like Coin Cloud machines are the preferred financial trading vehicles for the unbanked and underbanked.

Back to how little you can buy … while most BTMs have a minimum of $5 to $20, Coin Cloud lets you purchase as little as $1 worth of BTC. So if you just want to try it out, for the experience of trading cash for bitcoin, there’s really nothing to lose.

You can find your nearest Coin Cloud here. Coin Cloud DCMs also offer 40+ other digital currencies besides bitcoin. To buy any of them, follow the simple steps below.

How to Buy Bitcoin at a Coin Cloud Machine

1. Press the “Start” button

2. Enter your mobile phone number

3. Enter the unique identifier code texted to your phone

4. Select the “Buy” option, then choose “Bitcoin”

5. Scan your Bitcoin wallet’s QR code with the DCM camera

6. Insert your bills one at a time, and a promo code if you have one

7. Once you have inserted your cash, press the “Done” button

8. Your transaction will begin processing on the Bitcoin network

9. Transactions can take approximately 10-15 minutes to process

10. Once the transaction is complete, you will receive your receipt via text message, and the bitcoin will show up in your wallet

Disclaimer: The information and views supplied on the Coin Cloud blog are for educational and entertainment purposes only. We are not financial advisors, so please do your research and consult with a trusted financial specialist before investing your money.

What is Coin Cloud?

Founded in 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Coin Cloud is the leading digital currency machine (DCM) operator. With over 4,500 locations nationwide, in 48 states and Brazil, Coin Cloud operates the world’s largest and fastest-growing network of 100% two-way DCMs, a more advanced version of the Bitcoin ATM. Every Coin Cloud DCM empowers you to quickly and easily buy and sell over 40 cryptocurrency options with cash.

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