What is SimpleSwap?
SimpleSwap is an instant crypto platform registered in the Marshall Islands. It launched in April 2018.
The platform has a straight-forward and easy feeling and you can exchange cryptocurrencies as well as buy crypto for fiat. SimpleSwap was created with the main idea to make the exchange process simple and without any complications like signing up. Here's how it works:
Integration into Other Exchanges
The SimpleSwap trading system is integrated into some of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges out there, as evidenced by the picture below.
There is no deposit storage, only instant coin exchanges. This means that SimpleSwap can find the most profitable exchange rates for their customers in a very short time and in a very easy way.
SimpleSwap Supported Cryptos
Through SimpleSwap's integration with many of the biggest platforms in the world (see above), you can swap a very large selection of cryptocurrencies here. On its website, SimpleSwap states that they have more than 600 different cryptos and fiat currencies availablel. This is very impressive.
SWAP: SimpleSwap's own exchange token
The platform has also issued their own native token, the SimpleSwap Coin (ticker: SWAP). By holding the SWAP, you can get benefits when using the platform. Such benefits include a cashback feature, promotional items, participation in contests and other promotional activites and more.
The cashback feature is the main reason to hold SWAP. There are three different cashback subscriptions available, the "Swapper", the "Bitcoiner" or the "Bitcoillionaire". The Swapper is free and gives you SWAP-tokens as cashback, 0.50% of the value of your swap. The Bitcoiner and Bitcoillionaire gives you 0.15% and 0.40% back respectively and in Bitcoins, but they come at a price. Bitcoiner costs 2,000 SWAP to become a part of, and Bitcoillionaire costs 15,000 SWAP.
SimpleSwap Mobile Support
Most crypto traders feel that desktop give the best conditions for their trading. The computer has a bigger screen, and on bigger screens, more of the crucial information that most traders base their trading decisions on can be viewed at the same time. The trading chart will also be easier to display. However, not all crypto investors require desktops for their trading. Some prefer to do their crypto trading via their mobile phone. If you are one of those traders, you’ll be happy to learn that SimpleSwap’s trading platform is also mobile compatible. You can download it to/from both the AppStore and Google Play:
SimpleSwap Affiliate Program
SimpleSwap also has an affiliate program. Through this program, you can earn up to 40% of the trading fees earned by SimpleSwap from the trades generated by your referrals. There is no expiry date on the referrals' trades either, which is great seeing as many exchanges only allow affiliate commission for the first 12 month of a referral's activity on the platform. Accordingly, the SimpleSwap affiliate program is very competitive. You can sign up to it by creating an account here.
SimpleSwap 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 purchase interface at SimpleSwap is in our opinion very easy to understand if you’re new to crypto, yet it might not offer all the advanced buy/sell features more experienced traders might look for. It is, however, effective and intuitive. Here’s a peek at SimpleSwap’s interface:
SimpleSwap Trading fees
This particular platform offers you the opportunity to swiftly and securely buy or sell crypto. This means that there are no charting tools, no order books, or anything like that. The trading view is the purchase interface included above in this review.
When buying at the platform, the purchase price offered by SimpleSwap will be higher than the market price. Conversely, when selling to the platform, the purchase price offered will be lower than the market price. The mark-up or mark-down is not specified anywhere. On the date of last updating this review (26 January 2023), we made a calculation by comparing the prices offered by SimpleSwap to the market prices listed by Coinmarketcap.com. These were the results:
Floating Rate Mark-up: 1.21%
Fixed Rate Mark-up: 2.02%
For comparison purposes in our Exchange List, we have used the floating rate mark-up as the taker and maker fee in our database. Please be advised though that part of the fees listed above consist of the trading fees charged by the relevant liquidity provider that SimpleSwap uses when executing your order.
It is difficult to compare the fees charged by SimpleSwap with the industry average trading fee at a regular centralized exchange (0.2294% for takers and 0.1854% for makers), seeing as they offer another type of service than most centralized exchanges do. But to conclude on the trading fees, there are definitely cheaper ways to obtain crypto than through using the SimpleSwap platform. SimpleSwap's advantages are speed and convenience, rather than price.
SimpleSwap Withdrawal fees
SimpleSwap doesn’t charge any additional fees for withdrawals, seeing that they never hold any cryptocurrencies to begin with. They are an instant exchange, and the cryptos you do purchase are purchased from other exchanges (Binance, Kraken etc.).
However, there are always network fees involved with transferring crypto, which is why we have listed the network fees under the withdrawal fee section of this exchange.
Deposit Methods and US-investors
SimpleSwap does not allow US-investors on its exchange. So if you’re from the US and would like to engage in crypto trading, you will have to look elsewhere.
This platform is an entry-level exchange, meaning that it is one alternative for people who would like to enter the cryptocurrency market and does not have any cryptocurrency assets to begin with.