Bitrefill service aims to make Lightning payments easy

posted 5 months ago
Stockholm-based startup Bitrefill now offers a way to reduce Bitcoin’s learning curve for new users. Bitrefill’s new Thor service allows people to give Lightning channels to someone else with no setup on the recipient’s side.

Bitrefill’s John Carvalho said: “Thor allows people to connect to the Lightning network whether they have Bitcoin or not. All you have to do is download one of the supported wallet apps, install it, and then either you or a friend can come to Bitrefill and purchase a channel opening.” Typically, this is how Lightning works: Someone has to set up a channel between two parties and deposit enough Bitcoin to hold it open. Thor allows users to outsource the technical work for opening a channel, which can be paid for with Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, or Dogecoin.
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