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Exchange Fees

Bitcoin Logo 0.001 Withdrawal Fee • 0.50% Taker Fee • 0.50% Maker Fee

Deposit Methods

Yes Wire transfer No Credit Card Yes Cryptocurrency

iCE3 Review

A trading cryptocurrency guide must provide reviews of all of the top crypto exchanges out there, so that you can find the best cryptocurrency exchange site for you. This review of iCE3 consists of four parts: general information, fees, deposit methods and security.

General Information

iCE3 (also known as iceCUBED exchange or iceCUBED bitcoin exchange, and formerly iCE3X) is a cryptocurrency exchange from South Africa. To our knowledge, iCE3 are US-investor friendly meaning that they do not prohibit US-investors from trading. US-investors should as always still do their own independent assessment of any problems arising from their residency or citizenship.

iCE3 also states that the platform is designed to fit the screens of all popular devices such as tablets, smart phones and regular computers. You can test it by resizing your browser window. This can of course be an advantage if you prefer to do your trading on anything other than desktop. Also, the exchange promises that it is carefully developed to look “sharp” with new generation HiDPI /Retina devices.

The trading platform does also allow certain bot systems (unfortunately not ProfitTrailer, which we think is one of the best). All of the trading information and coins are also 100% user to user done, without any interaction from iCE3.
In addition to regular cryptocurrency trading, iCE3 also has an easier way of purchasing cryptocurrencies. They call this the “Quick Buy”. The user experience in the Quick Buy function is graspable and probably very helpful for a new cryptocurrency investor. The below picture shows the layout of the function:
ICE3X Quick Buy

iCE3 Debit Card

The exchange has also launched its own debit card. At this point in time, however, it is only available to South African users and can only be spent in South Africa at merchants who accept MasterCard or Visa. If the launch goes well, the company has informed that they will most likely expand the offering to customers in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana and other countries as well.

To make a cash withdrawal from the card, you will need to pay ZAR 10-18 (depending on the ATM Bank Issuer). There is a monthly fee of ZAR 5, and a cashback function giving you ZAR 3-5 back from the shops you use the card at. A very neat function indeed!

iCE3 Debit Card

iCE3 Trading View

Different exchanges have different trading views. And there is no “this overview is the best”-view. You should yourself determine which trading view that suits you the best. What the views normally have in common is that they all show the order book or at least part of the order book, a price chart of the chosen cryptocurrency and order history. They normally also have buy and sell-boxes. Before you choose an exchange, try to have a look at the trading view so that you can ascertain that it feels right to you. The below is a picture of the trading view at iCE3 (trading mode):

ICE3X Trading View

iCE3 Fees

iCE3 Trading fees

The trading fees of this exchange are "completely dynamic" and "fine tuned to suit each market individually". In general though, when looking at the fees, the platform charges 0.50% flat fees (i.e. no different fees between takers and makers) for the most part. 0.50% is roughly twice the global industry average. The global industry average is arguably around 0.25%. Any prospective investor should consider whether this exchange has a strong offering to investors in other respects that outweighs the disadvantage of this somewhat higher trading fee.

Many exchanges also have volume based discounts on their trading fees, meaning that if you trade above a certain volume each month/year, you receive trading fee discounts. iCE3 has this as well. If your monthly trading volume exceeds 1 BTC, your trading fees will be 0.35% flat. If your monthly trading volume exceeds 100 BTC, you trading fees will be 0.25% flat.

iCE3 Withdrawal fees

iCE3 has a percentage based withdrawal fee. This means that they charge you a percentage of the withdrawn amount when you want to withdraw. Their percentage charged is between 0.25% and 0.50%. However, they have set certain maximum limits, thereby ensuring that you won't have to pay 5 BTC if withdrawing 1,000 BTC, which would be absolutely insane. The following table shows the minimum and maximum withdrawal fees for each cryptocurrency possible to trade at iCE3. We have listed the maximum withdrawal fee as the withdrawal fee in our database.

iCE3 Withdrawal Fee Table

Deposit Methods

Here, you can deposit through both wire transfer and credit card, at least if you are from South Africa or Nigeria. This can be helpful particularly for newer crypto investors from those countries.

iCE3 Security

You can measure security at a cryptocurrency exchange in many different ways. For instance, this exchange takes pride in having:

  • a fully implemented two-factor authentication system in place;
  • checks and balances in place that flag suspicious transaction (internal staff when checks such suspicious transactions manually); and
  • regular updates every few months which includes security upgrades.
Moreover, iCE3 also regularly informs their customers about the security benefits of keeping their crypto assets in their own wallets. The rationale being that if you hold your crypto assets somewhere where you are not the sole holder of the private keys, the relevant assets are not really yours.
 
iCE3’s security score, however, is D+ when performing the test at Observatory by Mozilla (https://observatory.mozilla.org/). This is not a stellar grade, but it is worth keeping in mind that a majority of all cryptocurrency exchanges in our Cryptocurrency Exchange List only receives an F.
 
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The exchange reviewed above is what we call an “entry-level exchange”. This means that this exchange also makes it possible for someone to enter the cryptocurrency market with fiat currency. There are numerous entry-level exchanges out there, including (but not limited to):

  1. PrimeXBT
  2. Simex
  3. BaseFEX
  4. Currency.com
  5. CEX.io
  6. Changelly
  7. Crex24
  8. Binance
  9. Bittylicious
  10. Coinmate