After citizens complained about problems downloading and operating state-run Chivo wallets, El Salvador’s Bitcoin adoption drive (BTC), hit its first major roadblock.
Although the wallet was removed shortly after it went live on the internet, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele announced later that all issues related to the BTC wallet had been resolved. He tweeted:
“We are done with today’s maintenance on Chivo wallet. Report any problems here in the comments.
The Chivo wallet was launched in major app stores, including Google Play and Huawei AppGallery, shortly after El Salvador implemented the Bitcoin law.
Bukele has announced a maintenance period in response to numerous complaints from users about system downtimes and downloading issues.
“We will disconnect from the system at 1am to 6am for these adjustments. Our teams are available. We wish tomorrow is better.
The Google Play Store will not support the Chivo wallet for the Samsung Galaxy S20 or S21 at the moment.
Salvadoran authorities requested that citizens report any technical problems related to Chivo to the authorities to “improve everybody’s experience.”
The official status of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador has been announced by Javier Argueta (the president’s legal counsel), who issued a mandate to local businesses to accept BTC.
Businesses can still choose between BTC or the US dollar for final payments. Merchants can convert their Bitcoin income to dollars using the Chivo wallet.
American fast food giant McDonald’s started accepting Bitcoin payments in the United States.