Tutanota is a company that specializes in providing encrypted email services. The firm recently started accepting donations in the form of monero, bitcoin, bitcoin cash, and ether in order to make it possible for it to carry out tests aimed at testing its payment processing systems that will be using cryptocurrency.
The German-based firm, in its blog further went on to say that it is interested in providing support for decentralized payment systems. It intends to support all systems that do not make use of centralized processors, e.g., banks and credit card companies.
We plan to add cryptocurrencies as a payment option to Tutanota once we push our new client & apps out of beta. 😎 Read details on our blog: https://t.co/TnRgaxGBBq
— Tutanota (@TutanotaTeam) July 18, 2018
The company strongly believes that the use of decentralized payments may make it possible to support the use of anonymous emailing services for journalists, whistleblowers, and human rights activists, who often need their identities to be protected due to the nature of their work.
A Code Rewrite Forces The Postponement Of Cryptocurrency Acceptance
Tutanota initially intended to start accepting cryptocurrencies last year for both its premium-level and professional plans. However, the launch of this feature had to be postponed as there was an urgent need for the company to recreate its encrypted emailing client. The recreation was needed as it would make it possible for it to add features easily, as well as be able to upgrade its performance.
Currently, its Android app and its emailing client are in the beta stages. The company also has plans to launch an iOS app in the near future.
Tutanota recently carried out a poll on Twitter and Reddit to determine its customer support levels for monero, bitcoin cash, or ether among other cryptocurrencies. However, when the poll results were released, the support among its users ranged between 16% and 27%, a fact that the company did not find encouraging.
There is a section of users who felt that the company should also provide support for litecoin and verge. But the company nonetheless chose to test the three cryptocurrencies included in the poll, in addition to bitcoin.
Donations made through the wallet will be used to establish methods that can be used to manage cryptocurrency payments. The money will also be used to determine whether it is possible to process the payments automatically.
Tutanota Not The First
The German-based company typically encrypts all the data on the user’s devices. This makes it possible for the users to keep their contacts and email private. Tutanota’s business service also assists companies to become GDPR compliant.
As it seeks to start accepting cryptocurrency payments, it is important to note that this encrypted email service provider would not be the first firm to attempt to do this.
ProtonMail started accepting bitcoin payments for its premium-level accounts almost one year ago. The system in use takes the bitcoin payments and automatically converts it into ProtonMail credits. This makes it possible for the users to pay for their account subscriptions as soon as the transaction has been confirmed in the system.
ProtonMail had previously made it possible for its customers to pay for their subscriptions by sending bitcoin payments to a donation address. This particular process required the team to manually confirm each transaction before crediting user accounts.