Coinberry is a simple-to-use, Canadian-founded cryptocurrency exchange, though it acts more like a cryptocurrency retailer. The Toronto-based company was founded in 2017 and began as a Bitcoin ATM service. It functions more like a brokerage than an exchange, as you cannot trade crypto assets with anyone but Coinberry, meaning you can only buy assets and sell assets for fiat on their platform. That being said, it is extremely easy to sign up and purchase cryptocurrency with multiple funding methods including wire transfer, e-transfer, debit and credit card options. For those wishing to use Canadian dollars without having to worry about exchange rates, Coinberry is a good option for making an initial crypto purchase for beginners in Canada.
By: Evan Jones | Apr 23, 2020 | Modified Jun 25, 2020
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Signing up for Coinberry is a simple process with only one type of account available, meaning once you are registered and verified you have access to all features. However there is both instant and manual versions of identity verification.
In order to sign-up, either download the mobile app for iOS or Android, or visit their website Coinberry.com then:
In some cases, Coinberry is unable to verify your identity through this instant process, in which case you will need to upload a piece of government issued ID, a document that proves your address such as a utility bill, and a selfie. Manual verification only takes one business day at most once documents are submitted.
Coinberry has a limited selection of cryptos available for purchase including the following:
Coinberry is safe to use and is registered with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) as a Money Service Business (MSB). This means that they have gone through a range of compliance checks before being allowed to accept client money.
Coinberry also has CDIC insured segregated banking, meaning the company’s funds and customer funds are kept in separate accounts. This ensures that if the company’s bank accounts were ever frozen it would not affect customer funds.
Coinberry is available as a desktop website or an application for Android or iOS mobile systems. The mobile application has all the same features as the website and is easy to navigate.
Coinberry does not really have their own wallet though they store your funds in an account which acts as your wallet. This essentially means the funds are stored in a custodially fashion, meaning you do not hold the private keys. It’s worth learning about custodial vs. non-custodial wallets before investing a significant amount in crypto. CryptoVantage recommends moving your funds off the exchange to your own software or hardware wallet to which you hold the private keys.
Coinberry does not act like a typical exchange so there are very few instances where you can be charged fees. There are no fees for deposits and withdrawals of fiat, other than that there are mining fees for withdrawing cryptos to an external wallet, which are unavoidable. It should be noted that your credit card company may charge cash advance fees for this funding method.
The half percent trading fee they charge is reasonable, though you are unlikely to be using Coinberry for trading cryptos due to their small selection of assets, so you will probably not have to pay any trading fees in most cases.
Technically you may be able to sign up for Coinberry in the UK, however it is a Canadian-based company with a focus on Canadian customers and Canadian dollars, so funding your account in GBP will likely incur unfavourable exchange rates for your funds. If you are a UK citizen there are other options such as CEX.io.
Yes! You can deposit and withdraw funds on Coinberry using Interac e-transfer. They do not charge fees for deposits or withdrawals and the process is nearly instantaneous.
Coinberry has no fees for deposits or withdrawals, making it a lower cost option than Coinbase. However the selection of assets on Coinberry is low and the actual costs of cryptos may be higher than on Coinbase due to their poor price spread.
Yes! You can buy Litecoin on Coinberry with your credit card, Interac e-Transfer or wire transfer.
Yes! Due to the simplicity of sign-up and identity verification, along with the easy to use interface Coinberry is good for beginners, though only recommended if you are Canadian.
No! Coinberry has never been hacked. However, with all exchanges this is still a possibility and as mentioned previously Cryptovantage recommends storing your crypto assets in the software or hardware wallet of your choice to which you hold the private keys
For information on setting up your own crypto wallet click here.