A group of developers of a bitcoin-wallet Samourai, prioritizing privacy above all, has announced a unique app Pony Direct. It allows sending transactions to the Bitcoin network through SMS.
In a modern world, blocking access to the Internet based on a plethora of reasons becomes a censorship tool. In order to ensure a continuous flow of transactions, a solution that uses SMS to bypass such restrictions was realized. Considering the nature of an SMS to have a limit on symbols, a datachain of a transaction is first divided into corresponding parts to fit into multiple SMSs, the messages get sent and the receiving device that has a direct access to the Internet extracts the data from the SMSs and re-assembles the chain. Then, the recovered datachain is pushed into the Bitcoin network.
The idea of using SMS is not brand new: in summer of 2017 a Czech developer Pavol Prusnak created a tiny software that allowed transacting by means of SMS. The real difference of the announced product is that it is a full fledged bitcoin-wallet. The first readers of the announcement have warmly welcomed the project.
Lastly, following the team’s spirit of open source, everyone is free to check the app out by accessing the Github project page directly.