Amid tech snags, El Salvador gets used to bitcoin

El Salvador is two days into its great national experiment with bitcoin.

Over the 48 hours since it became legal tender, systems for using the virtual currency have been plagued by tech troubles.

That's left President Nayib Bukele sounding like someone from tech support.

He's asked citizens to reboot the national bitcoin app, dubbed Chivo, if they get an error screen.

For now though, at least some Salvadorans seem willing to give it a go.

I've already received a payment through Chivo, says this man, and it was good because I didn't have to pay any commission.

That will be music to the president's ears.

Bukele says part of the point is to save on the commissions paid on remittances by Salvadorans living overseas.

He hopes bitcoin will also help those without bank accounts.

But tech problems have certainly made for a bumpy launch.

The Chivo app isn't working on Android phones, says this man, who was out looking for some IT support.

Falling prices for bitcoin also haven't helped.

The virtual currency tumbled following the move to adopt it, though by Thursday (September 9) it seemed to have steadied at around $46,000.

Polls show that wariness over the e-coin's volatility remains high in El Salvador.

Tuesday's (September 7) launch was met with protests by people who think the country isn't ready, and it's all too risky.

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