Telegram unveiled a major update that allows users to register a new account without linking it to a specific phone number.
"Today starts a new era of privacy. You can have a Telegram account without a SIM card and log in using blockchain-powered anonymous numbers available on the Fragment platform," Telegram developers wrote in their blog.
A Telegram account can now be registered without a SIM card, using anonymous blockchain-based numbers. Such numbers can be purchased on the Fragment platform, Telegram developers wrote in their blog.
The most affordable anonymous number is now being sold on the platform for 4 TON of cryptocurrency (usually worth 9 TON), which is about 450 rubles. However, it is offered in an auction format, so the actual cost may be higher. If the anonymous number is no longer needed, it can be auctioned off later.
As part of this update, Telegram implemented many other innovations. An active spam filter and automatic deletion of all chats, new emoticon sets and new interactive emoticons have been added. Emoji search has also become available to Telegram iOS users, and the Android version has an updated "Memory Usage" menu section now you can see how much space each chat takes up on your device.
On the website of Fragment for about 990 rubles (9 TON) you can buy a random anonymous number +888 XXXX XXXX, the ownership of which is implemented through the NFT. After payment, the number will be the property of the buyer until s/he sells it at auction. The new anonymous number will allow you to register in Telegram without a SIM card, or link the new number to your current Telegram account.
After this step, the number is already yours, which you can confirm by going back to the My Assets page.