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Foodler, an online food ordering service, has started accepting Bitcoins to pay for delivery and takeout orders. The company claims it is the first service to accept the decentralized digital currency, which has become an increasingly popular form of payment since its inception nearly four years ago.
In February, another startup was announced — Pizzaforcoins.com — that allows customers to pay for pizza using Bitcoins. Although not involved directly with that project, Domino's Pizza is listed among the options.
With a growing number of local bars and restaurants accepting Bitcoin as a valid method of payment, users now have the option of paying with Bitcoin at Foodler.com and via the Foodler iPhone app.
For those with existing Foodler accounts, Bitcoins can be spent almost instantly, with the food delivered within an hour.
Foodler users with a Bitcoin wallet can select a Bitcoin payment option from within their Foodler account page. A unique Bitcoin address and corresponding QR code will be securely generated for every user and for every transfer a user performs. The Bitcoin deposit will then be posted to a user's Foodler account as "FoodlerBucks," a recognized form of payment for delivery, takeout and tips for any participating Foodler restaurant.
"Interest in Bitcoin is soaring and, as people are becoming accustom to using Bitcoin to pay for everyday items — whether it be at a coffee shop or local restaurant – we wanted to provide an easy way for the more than 11 million people with Bitcoins to pay for their meal deliveries," said Christian Dumontet, co-founder of Foodler.
Foodler, which announced an iPhone application earlier this week, is available in 48 states across the U.S., with new restaurants being added weekly.
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