Taiwanese electronics manufacturer HTC has made its blockchain phone HTC EXODUS 1 available for purchase with U.S. dollars and other fiat currencies. Previously the phone was only available for purchase with bitcoin or ether. The announcement was made during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on the Tuesday.
HTC has also expanded the list of cryptocurrencies supported by the phone by adding Litecoin and the Binance exchange’s BNB token.
Currently, the $699 phone is sold solely online. According to Phil Chen, “decentralized chief officer” at HTC, the company will work to start selling through carriers’ stores in the future.
“We’ve already had some conversation that’s preliminary but part of why we’re going to Mobile World Congress is to have those conversations,” he said.
HTC also announced about an integration of EXODUS with the Opera web browser for streamlining cryptocurrencies use. Charles Hamel, Opera Browser’s head of crypto, told that Opera Software is “proud to partner with EXODUS and together define a new standard for usability and security of crypto.”
“We are at the dawn of a new generation of the Web, one where new decentralized services will challenge the status quo. HTC and Opera have both made the bold decision to be the first to step up and enable this transformation,” he added.