Changelly is an instant cryptocurrency exchange operating since 2015. We are trusted by 500K customers and partnered with a range of reputable crypto services like Jaxx, Coinomi, Coinmarketcap etc. We provide our customers with smooth and cost-savvy methods to exchange their coins. From now on, we fully support the SegWit technology to improve the Bitcoin network capacity and reduce the network fees.
Bitcoin transaction fees change from time to time. In some cases, the network fee may surprise you, eating up to 20-50$ from your savings. Quite frustrating, isn’t it?
We do share your feelings about the fees that keep growing. Nobody wants to lose money on transferring. To initiate a transaction with a low fee, you should consider a range of such factors as blockchain load, transaction size and other stuff that seems too techy to become mainstream. As crypto enthusiasts who opt for mass adoption, we are convinced that network fees should be lower than now. Changelly believes that full support of SegWit will help us achieve this goal.
What is SegWit?
SegWit is a soft fork blockchain update activated on Aug 23. It allows rearranging of information in a block. Thus, the block size remains the same but contains more information than ever. Apart from that, SegWit is a breeding ground for other improvements for the blockchain scalability and speed. This measure makes transaction processing more cost-effective and significantly reduces mining power. As a result, the network fees are lower, and customers are happier!
By the time of writing, around 480 thousand transactions are passing in SegWith. It is already 5% of all bitcoin transactions, and the figure keeps increasing!
What is SegWit2x?
SegWit2x stands for a more profound approach to the evolution of blockchain. It consists of two steps: SegWit implementation and increasing of a block size up to 2 megabytes block. Segwit2x inevitably leads to Bitcoin hard fork, a mandatory update incompatible with the current blockchain version. The 2x is scheduled to lock in only three months later, after SegWit activation. In some way, the hard fork is a healthy measure, but, if not entirely supported, it may create several rival Bitcoin blockchains, like Bitcoin Cash.
Who supports SegWit2x?
According to the Bitcoin Scaling Agreement, from May 25, SegWit2x will be supported by over 50 tech companies, including:
As for Changelly, we decided to activate SegWit first. Concerning the 2x possible hard fork, we opt for Bitcoin community’s decision.
“Changelly fully supports the community’s choice for SegWit, as it aims to scale Bitcoin for mass adoption. Whatever the outcome, we understand our responsibility to the entire ecosystem. In terms of decentralization principles, we’ll prioritize the community’s further conclusions. Changelly still keeps an eye on any technology that will serve its customers needs.”
Konstantin Gladych, CEO at Changelly
How Segwit works on Changelly?
Currently, Changelly supports only input SegWit transactions. If you are going to send BTC to Changelly from your SegWit wallet, the network fee will decrease up to 50 %. In the nearest future, the option will be available for output SegWit transactions as well. As for now, we charge a flat fee of 0.00085 BTC when sending BTC to your wallet.
If you have any questions about the forthcoming upgrade or your transactions on Changelly, feel free to ask our support ninjas at firstname.lastname@example.org
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