Coinbase.com is a cryptocurrency brokerage where you buy or sell cryptocurrency in exchange for fiat currency. Coinbase.com can also store your cryptocurrency for you after you purchase it. You do not need a Coinbase.com account to use Coinbase Wallet.
With Coinbase Wallet, the private keys (that represent ownership of the cryptocurrency) are stored directly on your device and not within a centralized exchange like Coinbase.com. Think of your Coinbase.com account as a brokerage that can store your crypto for you, and Wallet like a traditional cash wallet that gives you direct and complete control over your own crypto assets.
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