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The following article is a re-write of content originally developed by Coincentral.com: What is Tron (TRX) Cryptocurrency? | Beginner’s Guide

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Since the inception of the very first bitcoin in 2008 and right after the rapid increase in bitcoin’s price, numerous other cryptocurrencies including Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero, Ripple, etc have been launched and introduced to the gargantuan market of cryptocurrency trading. Among the thousands of cryptocurrencies available at the moment, TRON has gained considerable popularity in the last few months. This cryptocurrency was first introduced to the market as an initial coin offering (ICO) on September 9, 2017, by a Singapore based non-profit organization.

By definition, TRON refers to an open source blockchain-based protocol specifically designed for the digital entertainment industry spread across the globe. It offers a decentralized platform that shares various entertainment content by leveraging a blockchain and peer-to-peer (P2P) network technology.

With its official cryptocurrency Tronix (TRX), this decentralized platform aims to mitigate the plenary control of the internet by a paltry number of corporations such as Google, Facebook and  Amazon by handing ownership of the data pool to the user. As per TRON’s whitepaper, the sole purpose of this cryptocurrency is to become an asset for humankind rather than turning into a profit-making tool for cryptocurrency traders.

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The Technology behind TRON

TRON incorporates a blockchain based peer-to-peer technology which basically means that like other cryptocurrencies, it is capable of eliminating the middleman. From another aspect, TRON’s technology is a distributed storage facility that allows its users to access entertainment content from every part around the world without seeking assistance from GooglePlay Store or Apple Store. As a result, the content producers are able to receive funds directly from the consumers quickly.

As a cryptocurrency platform, TRON is capable of supporting multifarious blockchain networks and smart contracts including bitcoin, Qtum, Ethereum, EOS, and various other smart contracts. With this innovative technology and Peiwo App, TRON has become the first smart contract blockchain protocol that possesses over 10 million wallet holders all across the globe.

Stages of TRX:

TRON incorporates several stages or phases as it implements multiple blockchain technologies. It is currently on Exodus stage but in the coming years, this cryptocurrency is supposed to incorporate five more phases:

  1. Exodus: This modus operandi of this phase is quite similar to that of IPFS (a peer-to-peer hypermedia platform that is capable of making webs faster). As mentioned earlier, TRON is currently in this phase and the principal objective of Exodus is to provide a simple distributed file sharing facility. In this phase, TRON cannot leverage any blockchain technology on its current platform.
  2. Odyssey: This is the second phase of TRON and it intends to incentivize the creation and early adoption of a propriety community of entertainment contain creators. The Odyssey phase will be similar to the proof of stake paradigm. In this phase, the scale of reimbursement for creation is linked to a metric which follows a tipping scheme instead of views or clicks. The reason for eliminating the click or view system is to ensure authentication. Clicks can be produced in a bulk if there is a click farm or automated body involved. In this phase, the users of TRON will be able to make transactions by using TRX via unidirectional payment channels similar to µRaiden.
  3. Great Voyage: The third phase of TRON will be a personal ICO based on the advantages of blockchain network. Income payment, dividend management, and management of supporters would be the three principal objectives of this phase. Great Voyage would be able to transform this cryptocurrency from “fan economy” to “fan finance”. To achieve these goals, a personalized blockchain platform of TRON would be created in this phase.
  4. Apollo: This phase will also exhibit similar characteristics as Great Voyage. Like the third phase, Apollo would also offer an individual ICO to its users and an Ethereum-like platform. In this phase, TRON will be able to launch its own tokens that users would be able to emply for decentralized trading. Through this decentralized trading, the economic vitality of the entire system is likely to be increased considerably. However, there is also a possibility of a slight ramification where the network would not be able to validate the uniqueness of every token individually. To prevent this situation, TRON is likely to introduce a sophisticated security system that would successfully obliterate malicious websites, Sybil attacks, and hack attacks.
  5. Star Trek: The fifth phase or the Star Trek phase is actually quite similar to the technology of Augur that is basically a gaming platform. In this phase, the content platform of TRON would be transformed into a decentralized gaming platform with autonomous gaming as well as predicting functions. As the current value of the global gaming market is more than $450 billion, this phase is likely to provide TRON the impetus it needs to reach a desirable market capitalization.
  6. Eternity: As the sixth and final stage of this cryptocurrency, Eternity would basically deal with the fundraising and monetize depending on the growth of its community. In this phase, the investors would be able to put their money in globally popular games.

The Advantages of TRX

The TRX cryptocurrency of TRON can provide the following advantages to its users:

  1. Data liberation: The users or data creators would have the fundamental ownership of the entertainment contents and other related data instead of middlemen like Google Play Store or Apple.
  2. Personal ICO: The liberty to dole out individual digital assets.
  3. Gaming and market forecasting: TRX comes with a distributed digital asset that allows market forecasting and gaming for the investors.

TRX Market Cap, Circulation, and Trading History:

At this very moment, the market capitalization of this cryptocurrency is circa $7.5 billion, which is a steep rise from its market cap $6.47 billion just a few days ago. As on December 18, 2017, Sun announced that $34.2 billion worth TRON token is locked up until January 2020. At the moment, 1 TRX is equivalent to $0.114084.

TRX Price Surge

Buying and Storing TRX

Interested traders can access TRX in exchanges like Binance and Liqui, where they can trade them for bitcoin or Ethereum. In exchanges like Bitstamp or Coinbase, TRON is also tradable.

For storing TRX, hardware wallets like Ledger Nano S or Trezor will be appropriate as TRX is an ERC-20 Token.

Conclusion

Although it’s still early days, TRON’s native Tronix token has shown significant promise to become a viable cryptocurrency of the future. The recent large upswing in its value suggests TRX could have a pivotal role to play in the overall market.

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  1. BAGGYSPORT

    January 17, 2018 at 1:39 am

    A poorly written article for a subscription service ..I would need to see dates were is the company now its objectives has it reached each staged of planned objectives is it on track..this is a basic requirement for a beginner’s guide.nice try.

  2. Lakshmana

    January 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    “In exchanges like Bitstamp or Coinbase, TRON is also tradable.”

    How can I understand this? Certainly Bitstamp and Coinbase don’t list Tronix. Am I missing something?

  3. mariuspe

    January 26, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Bitstamp doesn’t trade TRON. What kind of article did you write??

  4. LukeEm

    January 30, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Shit article for a shitcoin. Case in point: you’ve used an image of the Exodus wallet in the section on this shitcoin’s “Exodus” phase.

  5. Herki1987

    January 31, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Now is 157 th time in 2 months that i said to my self that i am pissing my money away subscribing to your shitposting

  6. mzl961

    January 31, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Why not inform us on other coins with lower circulating supplies and much greater potential? IE APPC or AST?

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As we have previously written about on Hacked.com, many people hold the false belief that bitcoin, by its very nature, is anonymous. However, as transactions recorded on the blockchain are available for anyone to see, this is not entirely true.

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Still, the biggest issue when it comes to privacy arises when someone wants to buy or sell his or her bitcoins for fiat currency. Going through an exchange requires an often lengthy verification process where you need to upload things like your passport, proof of residence, bank statements, etc. It is really a far cry from the privacy that bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were envisioned to offer.

Fortunately, we do have a few solutions to this problem. In this article, we will guide you through four of the ways that exists for buying bitcoin anonymously, either online or offline.

1. Using a bitcoin ATM

With the number of bitcoin ATMs currently exploding, buying bitcoins through an ATM is perhaps the most obvious option for anyone wanting to avoid all the requirements that come with traditional fiat to bitcoin trading.

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The catch with this option, though, is that there is usually a buying limit of around USD 750 before you need to present your ID. However, as long as you stay below this amount for each transaction, your purchase will be completely anonymous.

As bitcoin ATMs are still not very commonly found, you do depend on having one nearby. Currently, about 75% of all bitcoin ATMs in the world are located in North America, with some also found in major European cities.

2. Buying bitcoin peer-to-peer

By far the most popular peer-to-peer bitcoin trading platform out there is LocalBitcoins. Using this platform, you often have the option of meeting up in person with a specific seller who is willing to trade is bitcoin for cash in your local currency. LocalBitcoins have sellers listed in more than 10,000 cities across the world, so there are good chances you will find someone not too far from your location.

All you need to do to start using LocalBitcoins is to sign up on their website with an email address and username, and then start looking for people who are willing to sell bitcoin to you in your area.

Make sure to check the reviews of a seller before you agree to make a trade. Sellers with plenty of good reviews are safe to use, but you should be careful buying from sellers with few or no reviews. There have even been cases where people have been fooled into traps by undercover police officers posing as sellers in countries where crypto trading is illegal or requires a license.

3. Use a prepaid debit card

In the US and some other countries, it is possible to walk into any convenience store and buy a prepaid debit card that you can load up with cash over the counter. You can then use the same card to buy bitcoin on any fiat-to-bitcoin exchange such as Coinbase or Kraken in just the same way as you would have done if you used a debit or credit card from your bank.

This may be a less convenient option, but if there is no bitcoin ATM or LocalBitcoins sellers nearby, using a prepaid card may be your best shot.

4. Using a decentralized exchange (DEX)

Perhaps the most anonymous way to buy bitcoin online is to use a decentralized exchange, something most people in the world of cryptocurrencies are not very familiar with yet.

Decentralized exchanges are largely a new concept, but they are by many seen as the future of bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading. However, current platforms are still a bit complex for non-technical users, but this is a field that is quickly moving forward. Binance, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges today, has even said that they are working on a decentralized exchange expected to be launched in the not-too-distant future.

One such platform already in operation is Bisq, and another option is AirSwap. Both are early players among decentralized exchanges, which is an area that is inevitably set for growth in 2018.

When using Bisq, no ID verification is necessary and the exchange does not hold any of the user’s funds, which also makes it a much safer choice than traditional centralized exchanges. To buy bitcoin using this service, you would make a cash deposit equal to the amount of bitcoin you wish to buy, and then contact a seller directly. Lastly, an escrow service is used to ensure sellers get paid the cash and buyers receive their bitcoin.

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Generally, bitcoin investors are split into the buy-and- hold variety and the speculators. As one would guess, the buy-and- hold crowd intends to hold their bitcoin for a long period of time, but if you’re a speculator, you could want to get rid of it as soon as you achieve your desired returns. And if you do decide to sell it, there are two main ways you can go about doing this: online or offline.

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Sell Via a Trading Exchange

The most likely option is to sell via an exchange. This is probably the same way you initially bought your bitcoin too, so it would be easy to set up. What you are doing here is converting your bitcoin back into a fiat currency before transferring that currency into your day-to- day banking account.

The exchange takes the Bitcoin off your hands and it is all done near instantly. Just like any other market, a buyer and seller are connected, but this happens much faster than the direct trade option. The result will probably be a higher fee for lower time invested on your part. Fees are generally broken down into withdrawal/deposit fees and then transaction fees, and you should do your due diligence before you waste too much money on these fees.

Another interesting business model for selling bitcoin is to do it via a peer-to- peer marketplace. These marketplaces connect buyers and sellers based on their mutual needs. The way it is set up, someone with Bitcoin is put in touch with someone who wants Bitcoin, and they engage in a bit of a complicated maneuver. The person who wants Bitcoin buys the seller something with their fiat currency, and is then transferred the appropriate amount of Bitcoin from the other person.

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Physically Selling Bitcoin

One of the top reasons people perform physical trades of Bitcoin is to avoid the hassle of dealing with regulators. This isn’t to say they are committing illegal acts, it’s just not easy to get through all the regulations which are currently in place. Banks are petrified of regulators and stay away from cryptocurrencies as a result. It also isn’t cheap to deal with the banks. Wire transfers and other money moving methods cost a decent chunk, so online withdrawal can lead to some memorable problems that push users towards the physical side of the industry.

When selling Bitcoin in person, the overall mechanism is the same as selling anything else. The only catch is that it is a lot harder to verify the trade, which leaves open the possibility for fraud. In the best case scenario, you are dealing with family or a friend, so the trust factor of this transaction is not an issue.

Using a Local Service

If you are selling to an absolute stranger over an exchange like Localcoins.com, you will need to agree on a few terms ahead of time. This could mean dictating a price that day, or it could mean choosing the exchange which the transaction price will be based off of. Remember that the cryptocurrency is still very volatile, so price swings are to be expected. This is why terms should be agreed upon way in advance.

Meetups are a safer alternative to meeting new people in areas you are not familiar with. These groups will usually have a few members who are looking to sell some Bitcoin or at least have some friends that will. This is the value of community. Just make sure you stay safe and perform all your transactions in a public place. You wouldn’t go around with a $10,000 good on you, so don’t do the same thing with bitcoin.

Bitcoin ATMs

The other physical option you can pursue is cashing your Bitcoin out at a cryptocurrency ATM. These are present all over the world and are popping up with a higher frequency as time goes on. The major benefit to this method is not having to deal with multiple fees. When you convert your money back into fiat currency online, you usually need to send it to a separate bank account at the end before you can access it. An ATM works to directly charge your wallet and save you this trouble.

Conclusion

Each method has its own positives and negatives, but as long as you register them both, you won’t have a problems getting rid of your coins. Selling them online often results in significant delays, but doing it in person means you have a security risk and have to go through more effort. The industry is expected to evolve, and it will eventually be easier to sell Bitcoin, but for the time being, most innovators are focused on making buying Bitcoin easier. These are your best options for now.

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So you’ve owned bitcoin for a while and have even made a little money on it. It has been fun watching the market value of bitcoin go up, but now you need to buy a few things and don’t have any fiat currency. This means it’s time to spend your bitcoin.

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There are major paths to spending your bitcoin. You can either find a place that directly accepts cryptocurrency, use a wallet that converts the cryptocurrency to fiat currency before paying, or convert your cryptocurrency back to fiat currency yourself before paying.

Find a Place that Accepts Bitcoin

As simple as this sounds, bitcoin is still not widely accepted by merchants, online or brick-and-mortar, in the world. You will have to seek out merchants who accept bitcoin and then hope they have what you’re looking for.

In addition to simply paying for a good or service, you could trying gambling or donating your bitcoin. Casinos have started permitting deposits using bitcoin, and the result has worked out relatively well so far, so this is expected to continue. Donations are possible for certain charities,

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Paying Online

Merchants such as Microsoft, Overstock, Newegg, and Dell are probably the largest companies who work with bitcoin. The hope is Amazon will begin to accept it in the future, but for now this is a great start and opens up a lot of options for users looking to spend their bitcoin.

The biggest reason why these companies are willing to accept it is it is an appreciating good and there are lower fees than if a user buys something with a credit card. Credit card companies take a percentage cut which hurts the company in the long-run. In this sense, bitcoin is disrupting those companies as well.

In terms of large platforms, PayPal and Shopify both have an integrated bitcoin payment capability. This will have an even larger effect than the previously mentioned merchants accepting bitcoin because of the scalability of the use. It will allow a large percentage of merchants to accept the cryptocurrency with little to no work, and will therefore greatly increase the utility of bitcoin.

Paying in Person

It is rare you will find a store that accepts bitcoin by happenstance. Right now, this occurs more often as a form of gimmick or promotion that will get a store or restaurant publicity. Some places have put out QR codes for tips or donations, but this is the exception and shouldn’t be counted on.

If you are intent on spending your bitcoin in person – meaning you transfer the money directly from your wallet to the merchant’s wallet, then do your research ahead of time. Coinmap.com is a service which provides an aggregation of all the known stores who accept bitcoin.

Use a Wallet

Now that cryptocurrencies have reached somewhat of a critical mass, we are seeing a lot more businesses pop up with the goal of making it easier to spend your bitcoin. There is a huge opportunity in being able to unlock the utility of bitcoin as a medium of transfer, and these businesses are working on doing just that.

Companies like TenX and Monaco whose sole goal is unlocking the spending power of bitcoin. These companies work to integrate their platform so when you use their version of a credit card, it converts your cryptocurrency into the appropriate currency and spends it. Their product depends on cheap conversion fees and maximum convenience.

Even if you had never held bitcoin before, having a credit card that could spend your money in the appropriate fiat currency and minimize your fees would be a superior value proposition. These companies know what ails most consumers and want to make it easier to manage all your finances in a centralized manner.

Basically, they are using the opportunity afforded by cryptocurrency’s inconvenience to leverage their platform so they can replace the service offering of big banks. By providing flawless currency management, helping to manage spending, and enabling frictionless instant payments, they become the best option in the market.

Convert it Yourself

Sometimes the easiest way to spend your bitcoin is to just convert it back to fiat currency and spend it yourself. This would be done over an online exchange, but requires less of a time investment and is more convenient. You will have enjoyed an increase in the market value of your investment, and even though this might be the most inefficient in terms of transaction fees, it gives you the most freedom to spend your cryptocurrency on whatever you wish.

Conclusion

Every day it becomes slightly easier for you to spend bitcoin. Businesses want to make it as easy as possible for people to pay with it, not to mention the fact that it doesn’t cost them as much as if you were to use credit cards. Online payment processors and wallet start-ups are both working to make it a simpler process to utilize bitcoin freely. As a result, a few years from now you will probably find there is minimal friction when you go to spend bitcoin. In a way, this is what technologists mean when they talk about bitcoin being widely adopted.

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