Telegram Introduces No-SIM Sign-ups With Blockchain-Powered Numbers

Telegram Introduces SIM-Free Signups With Blockchain-Powered Numbers

Popular messenger Telegram now allows users to open accounts without having to provide their mobile phone numbers. With the latest app update, they can log in using blockchain-based numbers instead, and they can be purchased with cryptocurrency on the Fragment platform.

Telegram promises a ‘new era of privacy’ with accounts that don’t require phone numbers

One of the crypto community’s most popular messaging services, Telegram, has released a new update to its app. Messenger now allows users to have an account without linking a mobile number, an option that takes privacy to a new level, according to an announcement that insisted:

Today begins a new era of confidentiality. You can have a Telegram account without a SIM card.

“On Telegram, your phone number has never been visible to strangers – our users control who can see their number and whether others are allowed to find them by their phone number,” the Telegram team recalled. .

From now on, however, they won’t even need it to create a new account with Telegram. Instead, they will be able to log in using blockchain-powered numbers, which will be anonymous, the statement released on Tuesday revealed.

The numbers will be available on Fragment and can be purchased with toncoin (TON), the cryptocurrency used on the Open Network decentralized blockchain originally designed by Telegram. Fragment launched in late October as a blockchain auction platform and also sells usernames.

Since May, Telegram users can send and receive toncoins directly in chats. In 2019, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Telegram over the toncoin project, but in 2020 the messenger settled with the regulator.

Another privacy-focused feature that comes with this update lets you set up a global timer to automatically delete messages in all new chats. It can also be applied to existing chats. Self-destructing messages were introduced in 2013, but this new option expands user control, the company pointed out.

In June, Telegram announced the launch of a premium tier of services, seeking to monetize its platform which has more than 700 million monthly users. And in August, Founder and CEO Pavel Durov hinted at a series of upcoming Web3 enhancements and talked about the benefits of reserved and exchangeable usernames, and group and channel links for auctions.

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What other features do you expect from Telegram or the messenger you use? Tell us in the comments section below.

Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a tech-savvy Eastern European journalist who loves Hitchens’ quote: “Being a writer is who I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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