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Abra Crypto Wallet Now Stores Real Ether, Not Just ‘Synthetic’ Version

March 13, 2019 / Yogita Khatri

Cryptocurrency wallet provider Abra is now letting users deposit and withdraw ether (ETH) directly from its app. Previously, users could only make deposits into the app via a U.S.-based bank account, an American Express card, bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH) or litecoin (LTC). Then, if they chose, they could have their balances converted into a “synthetic” version of ether, meaning they were exposed to the cryptocurrency’s price movements but didn’t actually hold the asset. Now, Abra’s non-custodial wallet will store the real thing. “By adding native ether support, Abra users will now be able to easily buy and move ether from other wallets to the Abra app,” said Abra CEO and founder Bill Barhydt in a press release. “This also opens up the potential to use ETH as an on-ramp to invest in the other assets listed on Abra.” And it’s not stopping with the ethereum blockchain’s native token. Abra’s vice president of prod...