Telegram goes SIM-free, adds support for blockchain-powered numbers


  • Telegram has added support for unidentified blockchain-built numbers to enhance the security features.
  • Blockchain-powered anonymous numbers” can be purchased from the Fragment platform.
  • A new auto-delete feature is another exciting addition.

Telegram users can now create accounts by utilizing blockchain-related unidentified numbers, thanks to the messaging app’s newly launched update. 

Though the app itself hides the private phone numbers from non-added users, from now on, users can hide their numbers from everyone. Now this is something that will delight everyone who prioritizes privacy-based features. 

Crypto enthusiasts are highly inclined towards the app. The recent decision belongs to the 9.2 update that was launched on December 6 and allows users to remove timers from messages in new chats. 

Users must buy “blockchain-powered anonymous numbers” from the auction platform “Fragment,” founded by Pavel Durov, the Telegram creator. 

Anonymous numbers and usernames that are compatible with Telegram are sold at Fragment. To make the purchase, one needs to use TON (The Open Network), the affiliated token of Telegram. However, services on the platform are not available for people living in the U.S.

Blockchain-based anonymous numbers
Blockchain-based anonymous numbers: Fragment

Once a user buys a number, they can use it to receive verification code texts upon signing in the app. A random number can be purchased for 9 TON or can be purchased and sold through auction. 

Reportedly, certain numbers have been in great demand. For instance, the highest bid number at the moment is “+888 8 888” at 33,075 TON. 

After the FTX collapse, Durvo disclosed establishing a pack of decentralized tools as a response to another wrongdoing by a centralized crypto organization. He also hinted that the messaging app is planning to launch noncustodial wallets as well as decentralized exchanges.  

He added:

Blockchain-based projects should go back to their roots – decentralization.

Previously, Telegram founder proposed an idea to auction usernames as NFT-like smart contracts. The move was implemented in October when Telegram announced auctioning usernames through the blockchain platform.