Abra Wallet is one of the many available cryptocurrency wallets in the country. It is headquartered in Silicon Valley and also has an office in Metro Manila. Its aim is to make cryptocurrency investing simple by using its Abra app that can also act as a wallet and an exchange.
This article is heavily modified on September 18, 2018 with a minor update on October 2, 2018 and November 27, 2019.
In the Philippines, Abra wallet users can use bank transfers using their bank account in Union Bank and available Abra tellers nationwide to cash in.
What is Abra?
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Abra?
- 2 Abra-Supported Cryptocurrencies:
- 3 List of Stocks You Can Buy in Abra
- 4 List of Currencies you can buy in Abra
- 5 List of ETFs you can buy in Abra
- 6 How to Use Abra
- 7 What is the Advantage of Using Abra
- 8 What is the Disadvantage of Using Abra
- 9 Overall
Although it has the same name as one of the provinces in northern Luzon, Philippines, how Abra works, of course, is a different story. It is a cryptocurrency app, fiat app, stocks app, and exchange fund app. When it first launched, Abra used distributed ledger technology to offer a slew of products other than cryptocurrencies.
Abra is a non-custodial wallet from tech and venture capital entrepreneur Bill Barhydt and doesn’t have any access to Abra users’ funds. This means users are fully responsible for the funds in the wallet. Because of this reason, it is highly recommended that you secure and store the app’s given recovery phrase just in case you need to recover your account.
For the latest articles on Abra, check out the following:
- Abra now supports 200 cryptocurrencies
- You Can Now Add Money to Abra Crypto Wallet Through 7-Eleven in the Philippines
- Use UnionBank to Cash In and Cash Out to and from Crypto Wallets Like Coins.ph and Abra
- Abra Reveals Tesla is The Most Popular Stock Available on Its Crypto Wallet
- Abra Now Lets You Buy US Stocks Like Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Etc
When the app first came out in the Philippines in 2016, it has native support for fiat and Bitcoin (BTC). A natively supported cryptocurrency means users are able to do a direct deposit and withdrawal. In March 2018, it added 20 cryptocurrencies and 50 fiat currencies that users can exchange within the app. In May 2018, it added litecoin as its new natively supported crypto along with an additional five new cryptocurrencies to the app. By September 2018 and with Bitcoin and litecoin, it also put Bitcoin cash (BCH) as its third natively supported cryptocurrency. By October 2019, majority of cryptocurrencies are natively supported.
- Download Abra here! (It will ask for your mobile number where Abra will send the code to download. Start your mobile number with 63.)
As of September 2019, Abra supports 30 cryptocurrencies,
Users who want to buy and sell digital assets may use the app. Cashing in or making a deposit can be from bank transfers, Abra tellers (only in the Philippines, not available for users in the United States and other countries), credit or debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express), Bitcoin, Bitcoin cash, or litecoin. One of our biggest tip is to use UnionBank to deposit to and withdraw from Abra!
- 0x (ZRX)
- Augur (REP)
- Basic Attention Token (BAT)
- Bitcoin (BTC)
- Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
- Bitcoin SV (BSV)
- BlackCoin (BLK)
- Bytes (GBYTE)
- Bytom (BTM)
- Cardano (ADA)
- Crown (CRW)
- CureCoin (CURE)
- Dash (DASH)
- Decred (DCR)
- DigiByte (DGB)
- DigitalNote (XDN)
- Dogecoin (DOGE)
- Endor (EDR)
- Einsteinium (EMC2)
- Enjin (ENJ)
- Ether (ETH)
- Ethereum Classic (ETC)
- ExclusiveCoin (EXCL)
- Expanse (EXP)
- Flo (FLO)
- Feathercoin (FTC)
- GameCredits (GAME)
- GeoCoin (GEO)
- Groestlcoin (GRS)
- Golem (GNT)
- Gulden (NLG)
- Horizen (ZEN)
- I/OCoin (IOC)
- Komodo (KMD)
- LBRY Credits (LBC)
- Litecoin (LTC)
- Lisk (LSK)
- Loom Network (LOOM)
- Memetic (MEME)
- Mercury (MER)
- Metal (MTL)
- MonaCoin (MONA)
- Monero (XMR)
- MonetaryUnit (MUE)
- Myriad (XMY)
- NEM (XEM)
- NEO (NEO)
- OKCash (OK)
- Paxos Standard (PAX)
- Peercoin (PPC)
- PinkCoin (PINK)
- Pivx (PIVX)
- Radium (RADS)
- RavenCoin (RVN)
- ReddCoin (RDD)
- Ripple (XRP)
- SaluS (SLS)
- Siacoin (SC)
- Sibcoin (SIB)
- Solve.Care (SOLVE)
- Spendcoin (SPND)
- Sphere (SPHR)
- StableUSD (USDS)
- Status (SNT)
- Stealth (XST)
- Stellar (XLM)
- Stratis (STRAT)
- SysCoin (SYS)
- TRON (TRX)
- Ubiq (UBQ)
- UnikoinGold (UKG)
- Verge (XVG)
- VeriCoin (VRC)
- Vertcoin (VTC)
- ViaCoin (VIA)
- WavesTRUE (WAVES)
- Zcash (ZEC)
- ZCoin (XZC)
List of Stocks You Can Buy in Abra
- AAPL Apple
- AMZN Amazon
- BA Boeing
- BABA Alibaba
- FB Facebook
- GE General Electric
- GOOG Alphabet
- JNJ Johnson & Johnson
- JPM JPMorgan Chase
- KO Coca-Cola
- MSFT Microsoft
- NFLX Netflix
- LYFT Lyft
- NKE Nike
- PG Procter & Gamble
- TSLA Tesla
- UPS United Parcel Service
- V Visa
- VZ Verizon
- WMT Walmart
- XOM Exxon Mobil
- AXP American Express
- BRK.B Berkshire Hathaway (Class B)
- LYFT Lyft
- PINS Pinterest
- PD PagerDuty
- JMIA Jumia
- ZM Zoom
- UBER Uber
- SPOT Spotify
- ZION Zions Bankcorporation
- FDEF First Defiance Financial Corp
- COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corp
- DB Deutsche Bank AG
List of Currencies you can buy in Abra
|Country||Currency Name||Currency Code|
|Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands)||Aruban guilder||AWG|
|China||Chinese yuan renminbi||CNY|
|Costa Rica||Costa Rican colon||CRC|
|Curacao (Netherland Antilles)||Netherlands Antillean guilder||ANG|
|Czech Republic||Czech koruna||CZK|
|Dominican Republic||Dominican peso||DOP|
|Eurozone (various countries)||Euro||EUR|
|Grenada/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||East Caribbean dollar||XCD|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong dollar||HKD|
|Israel||Israeli new shekel||ILS|
|New Zealand||New Zeland dollar||NZD|
|Peru||Peruvian nuevo sol||PEN|
|Romania||Romanian new Leu||RON|
|Saint Lucia||East Caribbean dollar||XCD|
|South Africa||South African rand||ZAR|
|South Korea||South Korean won||KRW|
|Taiwan||New Taiwan dollar||TWD|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad dollar||TTD|
|United Arab Emirates||UAE dirham||AED|
|United Kingdom||Pound sterling||GBP|
|United States||US dollar||USD|
List of ETFs you can buy in Abra
- AAXJ iShares MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan
- AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond
- EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets
- EFA iShares MSCI EAFE
- EWA iShares MSCI Australia
- EWJ iShares MSCI Japan
- EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom
- EWW iShares MSCI Mexico
- EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil
- FXI iShares China Large-Cap
- GLD SPDR Gold Trust
- GOVT iShares U.S. Treasury Bond
- GSG iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust
- INDA iShares MSCI India
- IWM iShares Russell 2000
- QQQ Invesco QQQ
- RSX VanEck Vectors Russia
- SPY SPDR S&P 500
- TIP iShares TIPS Bond
- USO United States Oil Fund
- VEA Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets
- VEU Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US
- VGK Vanguard FTSE Europe
- VNQ Vanguard Real Estate
- VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market
- VTV Vanguard Value
- VUG Vanguard Growth
- VWO Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets
- VYM Vanguard High Dividend Yield
- XLF SPDR Select Sector Fund – Financial
- XLK SPDR Select Sector Fund – Technology
- XLV SPDR Select Sector Fund – Health Care
How to Use Abra
In order to use Abra, you will first need to download its app on Google Play or iOS App Store. Complete the necessary information needed including an active mobile number. After that, Abra will use this to verify your account.
- Download Abra here! (It will ask for your mobile number where Abra will send the code to download. Start your mobile number with 63.)
Don’t forget to keep your recovery phrase. This is because you will need this just in case you change phones or for other security purposes. We suggest writing it down and keeping it somewhere safe.
How to Cash In to Abra
Abra has different ways to cash in or deposit funds in your account.
- Via bank transfer
- Via 7-eleven
- Via depositing cryptocurrency from another wallet
- Via credit or debit card
For bank transfer in the Philippines, as of this update, Abra is partnered with Union Bank. If you have a Union Bank account, you can log in to the bank’s website then select Bill Pay. You need to enroll Abra as a biller and then pay Abra the amount you want to deposit. Make sure to put your Abra phone number as the reference/subscriber number. The entire process may take 1-2 business days.
You can choose Cash or Abra Teller. In the Philippines, the company has partnered with pawnshops and charges a fee for every transaction. Its major Abra teller is Tambunting that charges 1.50% on top of the bitcoin price.
If you want to use your Visa/Mastercard debit or credit card to purchase Bitcoin, you can go to Abra’s official website: https://www.abra.com/buyBitcoin/. It is powered by simplex and charges an 8% fee.
The three natively supported cryptocurrency Bitcoin, litecoin, and Bitcoin cash, you can deposit all three to your wallet by using the address provided for each. The October 2019 update added native support for more cryptocurrencies.
Exchanging to Cryptocurrency
Once you have your account funded with either fiat or cryptocurrency, now you can choose and purchase from its 28 cryptocurrencies and 50 fiat currencies it carries. All you need to do is Tap on Exchange that you will see at the bottom of the app, choose the fiat or crypto that you want to use to purchase, change it to a new currency, and then choose the currency you want to buy.
Don’t forget that you can add your “newly bought cryptocurrency” on your home screen by tapping on Add Currencies. This option will let you see its PHP price in real-time.
The app will also let you manage Price Alerts. You can go to Portfolio then choose Price Alerts, and then Select Currency. Price Alerts will alert you every time its price went below or above your set price.
Withdrawing your Funds
How can you withdraw your funds? Easy, you can either choose to transfer to your bank that may take 2-4 business days, cash using an Abra teller, through your third-party cryptocurrency wallet.
Just in case you have your funds in another cryptocurrency and not in its natively supported crypto (BTC, LTC, BCH) you will need to exchange it first to either of the three or a fiat currency. The new update allows you to send with majority of the crypto without having to convert them first to Bitcoin.
Abra Cash In Fees
|Add funds via a US or PH bank (ACH)||Free|
|Add funds via Wires (US only)||Abra Wire Program|
|Add funds via an EU bank (SEPA)||Coinify|
|Add funds via US-based AMEX card||4%|
|Add funds via Visa or MasterCard||Simplex*|
|Add funds via teller (Philippines)||Up to 2%***|
|Add funds via BTC, LTC, BCH, or ETH||Free|
|Add funds via 7-Eleven Philippines||2% (minimum of Php 500)|
*A flat fee of $10.00 will be applied on top any BTC purchase below $200. Once you purchase $201 and above of BTC a fee of 4% will be applied and deducted from your total amount.
Abra Cash Out Fees
|Withdraw via US or PH bank||Free*|
|Withdraw via teller (Philippines)||Up to 2%***|
|Withdraw BTC, LTC, BCH, or ETH||Network fee**|
|Withdraw Altcoins||Network fee**|
|Exchange between currencies|
|An exchange between any 2 currencies||Free|
|Send funds to another Abra wallet||Free**|
Abra Global Transaction Limits
|Transaction limits globally|
|US bank wires||$500-$40,000k per wire, daily*.|
|Bank deposits and withdrawals*||$2,000-$4,000 daily
|Credit card deposits (AMEX)||$200 daily & 1,000 monthly
|Teller deposits & withdrawals||Tellers may have their own limits-please check|
|Buy/Sell non BTC/LTC cryptocurrency (e.g. XRP)||5 btc, daily**|
|Bitcoin deposits & withdrawals||No limit|
|Litecoin deposits & withdrawals||No limit|
|Bitcoin Cash deposits & withdrawals||No limit|
|Ether deposits & withdrawals||No limit|
|User send transactions||No limit|
What is the Advantage of Using Abra
One of the advantages of using the Abra app is its simplicity. You can have a direct access to 200 cryptocurrencies and 50 fiat currencies without needing to log in or sign up to any exchanges. All you need to do is to fund your account with fiat or any of supported crypto and you’re all set to purchase any fiat or crypto supported in the app.
It has a price alert. This feature will let you know if your set price of Above or Below the original price has been hit. It will let you know if it’s time to buy or sell. The price alert can only be set on any of the 200 cryptocurrencies.
If you purchased Bitcoin, litecoin, or Bitcoin cash through an exchange, you can use your Abra app to store your funds. It will give you your own corresponding address for each.
If you’re from the province and don’t have a Union Bank account or any other way to obtain a cryptocurrency, Abra is bringing to its partner pawnshops nationwide. You can easily fund your account through cash.
What is the Disadvantage of Using Abra
Some see Abra being a non-custodial wallet as its primary strengths. However, it is disadvantageous to those who are simply forgetful. If a crypto wallet is a non-custodial wallet, that means the wallet doesn’t actually hold your private keys on their servers. You have to keep the private keys written somewhere. If you lost that, you might lose your access to your Abra account. Therefore, while pundits like the idea of a non-custodial wallet, some do not, especially those has no experience with apps other than Coins.ph.
Above all, Abra is a simple cryptocurrency wallet and exchange that will let you keep 200 cryptocurrencies and 50 fiat currencies. If you’re not into signing up to cryptocurrency trading platforms, this app will help you do simplified trading. Please bear in mind that Abra is non-custodial – they don’t really have access to your funds.
With its partnership with local pawnshops and 7-eleven nationwide, Filipinos who don’t have access to banks and even convenience stores are now eligible to get their own cryptocurrency and other fiats. An example deposit of PHP 500 will only cost him around PHP 6.25 fee in order to buy his first crypto.*
*Remember that a Bitcoin transaction cannot be reversed so double-check the money you are sending and receiving.
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