Hong Kong is the first country in Asia to officially be connected by Cointext, a service which enables anyone to send money to mobile phone numbers or Bitcoin Cash addresses without Internet, apps, or accounts. In addition to residents of the Chinese autonomous territory, Israelis and Palestinians also now have access to the service.
Cointext Expands to Asia
Cointext, a service which enables cryptocurrency users to transact directly over mobile SMS, has announced today that it launched support for its Bitcoin Cash (BCH) wallet to Hong Kong, as well as Israel and the Palestinian territories (Palestine). “These are important regions for us to connect because they’re financial centers,” said founder and lead developer Vin Armani. “And Cointext gives them a simple alternative to physical cash.”
Cointext users access their wallets by sending SMS commands like BALANCE, RECEIVE, and SEND to a local access number. A new wallet is instantly set up the moment the recipient receives a message through the service. Residents in the new countries get a Cointext wallet by texting the word START to their respective numbers (Hong Kong: 85257456744; Israel: 972526230418).
Hebrew and Chinese Are in the Works
Launched back in March of this year in the US, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, and the UK, Cointext is a full-featured wallet that doesn’t require apps, accounts, passwords or even access to the Internet. The service offers an on-ramp to the cryptocurrency ecosystem for anyone with an SMS-enabled phone.
Earlier this month we reported that Cointext has expanded its service to six more European countries. On Oct. 1 the company announced that people can now use the app to send BCH over SMS in Germany, France, Austria, Portugal, Estonia and Czech Republic.
Both the Hong Kong and Israel releases have the default messaging in English, but Hebrew and Chinese languages are in the works, the company said. With this latest expansion to East Asia and in the Middle East, Cointext now services a total of 25 countries and supports a total of fifteen languages.
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