PHONE MAKER HTC has announced that you can now purchase its blockchain-powered Exodus 1 smartphone using your hard earned cash.
Until now, the HTC Exodus 1 could only be bought using cryptocurrency; HTC flogged the device through its own website with a price-tag of 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH (around £735).
The firm announced at MWC on Tuesday that, from March, you'll be able to pay for the handset with "traditional" money. Well, if you're in the US at least, where it'll be available to buy for $699 - UK availability hasn't yet been announced.
The move is an odd one, as we'd assume if you're keen enough on crypto to buy a dedicated blockchain phone, you've probably got some Bitcoin or Ether stuffed inside your digital pockets.
The HTC Exodus 1 was made its debut last year as "the world's first phone dedicated to decentralized applications and security". The blockchain-powered Android smartphone supports Bitcoin and Ethereum, among others, courtesy of a universal wallet, secure hardware and decentralized apps.
The handset offers a so-called 'secure enclave' - a locked area on the device that is protected from the Android OS - that will hold the keys to your crypto, and HTC has developed a 'Social Recovery Tool' that allows users to nominate contacts to hold a piece of a unique security key in case their phone gets lost or stolen.
At MWC, HTC announced some new crypto features for the Exodus, with support for several new decentralized apps (or dApps), including a native web browser courtesy of Opera. This will enable Exodus 1 users to make direct micropayments to content websites supporting the functionality, initially with Ethereum only.
'Numbers' is another new dApp supported by the gadget, and puts users in direct contact with companies looking to buy their activity tracking data; users can choose what to info share and get paid for the privilege.
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