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Uber Now Denies Plans To Integrate Bitcoin


bitcoinist paymentsIn a twist of events, transportation provider Uber, has now reversed their statement on Bitcoin integration and denied that they are working on it. While a customer service representative of Uber did tell Bruce that they were working on integrating Bitcoin, the company has since retracted the statement and denied that it was ever true in the first place. When asked about the legitimacy of Bitcoin integration with the service, Uber told Coindesk “This story isn’t true.”

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Uber’s email, from an agent named Eric, to Bruce reads as follows:

Hi Bruce,

Thanks for writing in.

As of now, Uber works with most standard credit cards. Your suggestion has already been noted and we are currently making Bitcoin work with Uber as of now.

If there is anything else I can help you with, please let me know.


While it now appears that Uber isn’t integrating Bitcoin, it could be because of the difficulty of the integration with how their platform functions. As explained in the previous article, Users of the service are able to get their ride and then be automatically charged at the conclusion of the ride to the credit card on file. In order for Bitcoin to work, Uber would either need to integrate a built in Bitcoin wallet, or have customers pre-pay for each ride, slowing down the process that has made Uber such a popular option in only a couple of years since their launch.

While Uber’s stance is now clear, it is unknown why they stopped working towards integrating Bitcoin payments, especially since Braintree (closely related to PayPal) announced that they were working towards integrating Bitcoin payments. It is understandable that Uber would need to do a good amount of development in order to integrate Bitcoin so that users that chose to pay with it would be able to experience the same speeds of the process as customers paying with credit card.

What do you think about Uber’s new statement? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Ian DeMartino

    No, they didn’t reverse their statement, you went forward with an article based on one anonymous user’s post. Unless you have DKIM signed emails, we have to assume the original email was falsified.

    Worst retraction ever.

  • Dave Stann

    Terrible reporting here. The entire thing is based on some unconfirmed support email that contains multiple grammatical errors. Add to that some hackneyed “analysis” containing the personal views of the writer only. And that’s all it takes for this story (and retraction) to make headlines on nearly all BTC news sites?

    Come on guys, at least act like you’ve been here before.

  • The article went forward based on discussions with Bruce Wagner and his email which he posted in full in a chat. Uber has been flirting with Bitcoin off and on for a while this is not the first time they have mentioned it.
    Still interesting to see they finally responded. Who knows what the future holds with them but it is on their radar obviously.

  • RJF

    Yes, it would be a difficult integration if done directly but, there are services that can act a middleman and smooth the way with many more in development as this is an issue with more than payments to Uber.