Wallet of Satoshi vanishes from Apple and Google’s US app stores

Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning payments app Wallet of Satoshi (WoS) has disappeared from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store in the United States as it closes in on over 1 million transactions for November.

On Nov. 24, several users and crypto community participants shared on X (Twitter) their attempts to search for the WoS app, which turned up no results or redirected users to competing wallet apps.

However, the WoS app still appeared for download on the Australian Apple App Store and the Australian and Singapore Google Play Store versions at the time of writing.

Apple’s U.S. App Store doesn’t return results when searching for Wallet of Satoshi. Source: Apple

Wallet of Satoshi is a popular Lightning payments platform that is on pace to process over 1.1 million Lightning payments in November, according to industry author and podcaster Kevin Rooke.

Rooke added it would be the firm’s “largest month of Lightning payments ever.”

Apple and Wallet of Satoshi but did not immediately respond to a request for more details.

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Apple levies a hefty 30% tax on in-app payments which it maintains a tight leash over and has been a barrier for crypto platforms wanting an App Store presence as it only allows for 

On Nov. 17, a group of disgruntled PayPal Venmo and Block Cash App users filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company had entered into anti-competitive agreements with PayPal and Block to restrict the use of crypto technology on iOS.

Apple has a history of removing crypto apps with the firm delisting the Nostr-based Damus app over a Bitcoin tip feature in June. It also briefly pulled the MetaMask wallet app from its App Store in October.

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