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Thinking about options for using cryptocurrencies, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is speculation on their price, since cryptocurrency is not yet very widespread in retail stores. However, now there are dozens of cases of cryptocurrency use.
Although currencies like Bitcoin andDash, to some extent, was able to penetrate online trading (BTC is adopted by such large companies as Microsoft, Dash is very popular in South America), it is still difficult for us to use cryptocurrencies for domestic needs.
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Looking for the largest by market capitalizationaltcoin ethereum, other use cases can be found. Initially, NFT tokens were used for trading, but now they are used as collectibles, which are very popular today. Some charities have begun issuing ERC-721 tokens for those who donate their funds, allowing them to become philanthropists.
Moreover, there is an example of use, for the first timeused in the Ethereum community, which has become so popular that it has spread to centralized cryptocurrency exchanges. It's about lending.
Some of the popular decentralizedDeFi applications allowed users to lend their crypto assets to others, and even Maker recently offered its users a new tool for earning with Dai stablecoin.
Total DAI locked in DeFi (currently 30.8M $ DAI) has returned to new highs topping pre- "Much Cooler" levels
16.6 MILLION DAI locked in @MakerDAO alone?
988,056.92 SAI in the migration contract + 15,632,465 DAI are currently locked in the Dai Savings Rate (DSR) pic.twitter.com/glMliPwPhc
- DeFi Pulse? (@defipulse) December 12, 2019
Since the Ethereum network presents variousstablecoins - Dai, USDC and USDT, users can earn interest on their assets using various platforms, while diversifying their portfolio and preventing losses in case of potential failure on one of the platforms.
Other cryptocurrencies like TRON (TRX) are growingdue to blockchain games and gaming platforms, since the semi-anonymity implemented on the blockchain allows you to play gambling without worrying about tracking personal data.
It is noteworthy that other cryptocurrencieslocated outside the Top 10 by market capitalization, there is also a real-life application. Cryptocurrency exchanges launched their own tokens and provided them with as many use cases as possible. For example, discounts on trading fees, access to decentralized exchanges, etc.
For example, the recently popular cryptocurrency exchangeOKEx has released its OKB cryptocurrency ecosystem monthly report. It describes a lot of both internal and external use cases, that is, OKBs are used both in the OKEx ecosystem and beyond.
Among the internal use cases arepurchase of tokens on the OKEx Jumpstart platform, discounts on trading fees, listing benefits, management and other bonuses. External use cases are based on interaction with a network of 25 OKEx partners.
‘Investing in Cryptocurrencies Right Now May Not Be a Bad Idea. Here’s Why ’https://t.co/6SScnFZOKj. #OKEx
- CryptoGlobe (@CryptoGlobeInfo) August 30, 2019
These include firms operating in the field ofnetwork security, financial services and lifestyle business. According to OKEx, OKB owners can not only receive trading discounts, but also purchase cybersecurity solutions at Slowmist and Certik, as well as access to cryptocurrency deposits, mortgages, credit management and other financial services provided by at least 14 exchange partners .
Finally, OKEx partners who accept OKB, Tripio and Cryptomall allow token holders to book rooms in hundreds of thousands of hotels and make purchases on the Internet.
Over time, more and more platforms offer newoptions for using cryptocurrencies. Startups Purse.io and Lolli allow users to receive either a discount or a cashback for paying in cryptocurrency on such large e-commerce platforms as Amazon. Thus, they attract new users to the crypto community who remained on the sidelines, not wanting to play on the prices of crypto assets.
Despite the massive adoption of cryptocurrencies,allowing people to live by the principle of "own a bank", while it remains a dream for most enthusiasts, methods of using cryptocurrencies appear right before our eyes. Now it is definitely time to notice them.