Bit StartLatest release: 1.4.34 ( 13th June 2022 ) 🔍 Last analysed 1st November 2021 . Not a wallet
Do your own research!
Try out searching for "lost bitcoins", "stole my money" or "scammers" together with the wallet's name, even if you think the wallet is generally trustworthy. For all the bigger wallets you will find accusations. Make sure you understand why they were made and if you are comfortable with the provider's reaction.
The Analysis ¶
New Review 2021-10-28
From the site:
It is a service that you can get bitcoins according to the usage contents for free by shopping online, registering services, answering questionnaires, etc. via BitStart.
You can get Bitcoin through online shopping through BitStart and answering questionnaires. There is no need to open a virtual currency account.
Users can earn “bitcoins” by participating in site activities such as reading through educational material, online shopping or answering questionnaires. Through user participation, users can earn bitcoin (represented or real bitcoins). These are then stored on the service and can be withdrawn after a threshold.
Again, it is not possible to send bitcoin to the service. Bitstart still does not truly function as a wallet due to users being unable to deposit BTC in this app at all.
Old Review 2021-10-21
Note: This app known as bitstock on Google Play is known as BitStart elsewhere on its web properties. Paddle, the Japanese developer, Paddle Inc., seems to have failed to integrate the branding on their app.
Note: The app is also in Japanese with no translation. We will contact the developers via email as they don’t seem to have a twitter account.
Bitstart is a service where you can get bitcoins through your usual online shopping and questionnaire responses.
If you join everyday price prediction by one click, answer easy questionnaire, or just enjoy online shopping, you can get Bitcoin for free.
The website listed on the Google Play app page is for the company Paddle which then links to BitStart.
We downloaded the app and had trouble registering due to a lack of translation.
We were not able to find their twitter account, but managed to find a point of contact via their email address:
Hi! My name is Daniel, and I have a little trouble using your app.
I wanted to know whether there is a Bitcoin wallet in the app, or are the Bitcoins provided to users “representative” or “not real Bitcoins”.
If possible, is the project open-source. If yes, may we know if you keep the repository open to the public?
We had great difficulty translating the app from Japanese. As the Google Play description states, it seems to be an educational platform that allows users to “practice buying and selling” bitcoin. Once the app is open, we tried the different options to see if there was a facility to store, send or receive bitcoins like in a Bitcoin wallet. Absent documentation and other descriptive features, and until further information is available, we believe this app does not have a bitcoin wallet.
This appears to not be a product to receive and send money.
As part of our Methodology, we ask:Is it a wallet? If not, we tag it No Wallet
If it’s called “wallet” but is actually only a portfolio tracker, we don’t look any deeper, assuming it is not meant to control funds. What has no funds, can’t lose your coins. It might still leak your financial history!
If you can buy Bitcoins with this app but only into another wallet, it’s not a wallet itself.
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