Pundi X has announced a redesign of their XPhone along with new features such as the X button, which allows users to switch to the dapps on the blockchain mode with a press of the button. On the blockchain mode, the services in the XPhone can operate independently of centralized carriers, so that users can route phone calls, messages, and data via blockchain nodes without the need for centralized service providers.
Pundi X Founder and CEO Zac Cheah said in a blog post, “Telecommunications and Internet companies have derived tremendous value from controlling data. By decentralizing apps, we can put this data onto a smart contract, effectively giving control back to creators and to users,” adding, “Much of what we call peer-to-peer or ‘decentralized’ services continue to be built upon centralized networks. We are changing that.”
The announced retail price is USD 599 – significantly less than its competitors, the HTC Exodus (around USD 960 initially, then lowered to between USD 750 and USD 850), and the Sirin Labs Finney, which was announced to cost around USD 999. Pundi X estimates that its phone will be available for purchase in late 2019. Last December, the company aimed to start shipping its XPhone in Q2 of 2019, while first batch was estimated to include 5,000 units.
By deploying XPhones and its blockchain-enabled Point-of-Sales devices (XPOS), Pundi X aims to reach new crypto users and add tens of thousands of new nodes to its new blockchain ecosystem, Function X, Junde Yu, Vice President of Business Development of the company, told Cryptonews.com in December.