Czech telecommunications operator NETBOX now accepts Bitcoin as a valid payment method making it the first telecoms company in the Czech Republic to do so.
The company provides a plethora of telecoms services ranging from broadband, mobile phone plans right through to television subscriptions. NETBOX have over 100,000 customers using their services including governments, schools and other state bodies.
Although the company is embracing Bitcoin, they are still unsure as to whether adopting the digital currency will bring new customers or just add convenience for current users as an alternative method of payment..
The Czech’s have fell in love with Bitcoin since it’s launch in 2011. According to Google Trends the Czech Republic has drummed up the most internet searches for bitcoin related terms.
We caught up with David Otoupalík, Marketing Director at NETBOX to find out more.
What are the benefits of NETBOX accepting Bitcoin payments for customers?
Customer’s can use their Bitcoins and pay for internet and tv bills without any money transaction. We also accepting Bitcoins in our customer’s office.
Are you the first Czech ISP to accept Bitcoin? is this something customers requested?
Yes, we are the first ISP in Czech, which accept Bitcoin as regular payment method. All customers can login into customer’s self care and pay online all the bills.
Are Bitcoins becoming widely acceptable in the Czech Republic?
Not at all. We know only about some Subway’s which accept Bitcoins and also DameJidlo.cz, which is Czech food delivery service.
Have you had any customers use Bitcoin yet?
Yes, after launch, some customers paid their bills with Bitcoins and the transaction was realised successfully. So it works!
Do you see Bitcoin increasing NETBOX revenue?
For more details about the official announcement please see here: