BITCOIN AND CRYPTO

BitMinutes Announces the Listing of Its Token on Uniswap

BitMinutes Inc | April 26, 2021

Located in Atlanta BitMinutes Inc. (BitMinutes), a financial services technology firm that uses blockchain and pre-paid minutes tokenization to provide financial inclusion to the global consumer, revealed today that it's token (BMT) has been listed on Uniswap, a leading decentralized crypto exchange based on the Ethereum blockchain.

"This is a major accomplishment for BitMinutes," said Tom Meredith, the company's CEO and Founder. "Uniswap is a worthy alternative to Coinbase. Its automated liquidity protocol is extremely effective, which is one of the reasons we choose the exchange as we extend the number of exchanges where our tokens are accessible to the general public."

"We expect that listing on these exchanges will assist us in raising awareness of the value proposition we bring to the market," Meredith said. "This is just the start for BitMinutes as we work toward our goal of bringing financial services to the unbanked."

About BitMinutes Inc.
BitMinutes Inc. is a startup fintech firm based in the United States. Its tokens (BMTs) can be redeemed for universal prepaid airtime minutes. Prepaid minutes, which are applicable to billions of mobile phone owners, are now traded informally as currency within-country mobile networks.

BitMinutes tokens now allow peer-to-peer actual costs to millions of bank and mobile accounts in 70 contracted countries, as well as prepaid airtime top-ups to over 4 billion mobile accounts in over 120 countries. More specifically, BitMinutes intends to help expand micro-credit lending in communities where lending is rare and extremely expensive for most individual borrowers. The ownership and transactional records of BitMinutes will establish a new form of consumer credit score for emerging market customers who currently face restricted access to capital and a shortage of conventional banking services. Furthermore, BitMinutes will build payment systems in the countries where it launches to facilitate mobile payments, similar to the M-Pesa network, which has been successful in Kenya but has not yet been broadly im

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