When it comes to internet access the Smartphone has given us a gateway to the information super high way that we can’t get enough of. Smartphones have changed the way we do business, socialise, find information, manage our finances, enjoy our favourite content and so much more.
There are literally billions of Smartphones currently accessing the internet so why not use them to support a cryptocurrency network? This is exactly what Electroneum aims to do, by becoming a mobile-first crypto.
What is Electroneum (ETN)?
Electroneum is the first British-developed cryptocurrency and was created and developed in 2017 by a group of people based in London, UK and led by CEO Richard Ells. In September/October 2017, the company pre-sold ETN coins to investors through an initial coin offering (ICO) in order to raise funds for further development.
The Electroneum blockchain (decentralized ledger system) which is based on code from both Bitcoin & Monero went live on 1 November 2017 and put the coin into circulation. The Electroneum app wallet went live on 13 December 2017 and provides a user-friendly way of sending and receiving ETN.
Why should you pay attention to Electroneum?
Electroneum (ETN) is a digital money system (like Bitcoin) that was specifically designed for mobile users – thereby appealing to a potential market of 2.2 smartphone users worldwide. The Electroneum mobile mining experience (when available) will allow anyone to mine ETN coins with their mobile phone.
Electroneum has a major advantage over other cryptocurrencies in that it can be mined using a mobile phone. Traditionally, mining could only be performed on a computer with lots of processing power. However, the team has created an algorithm that allows anyone with a mobile phone to mine effectively – thereby making it possible for millions of smartphone users around the world to learn about cryptocurrencies and mine their own coins.
What is Electroneum used for?
The Electroneum team hopes to replace in-game currencies, such as World of Warcraft gold, with ETN. Imagine all of the completed quests and sold items paying out in a currency that can easily be converted to other cryptocurrencies or fiat. This would not only encourage players to play more, but the gaming company could charge fees on depositing and withdrawing ETN from their ecosystem.
Creating a game that advertises ETN as an in-game currency could also prove to be an effective marketing tool. One mobile game currently in beta testing involves trying to fly a rocketship to the moon while collecting ETN. When the player dies, they have to watch a video advertisement to help fund the ETN rewarded to the users.
There are several gambling websites already accepting Bitcoin, but the problem is that it’s hard for most people to obtain it. The majority of online gambling takes place outside of America, where it’s especially hard to acquire Bitcoin.
Most countries do not have access to Coinbase or Gemini and their local exchanges often have 7% fees or higher. Electroneum once again hopes to reduce friction and encouraging gambling sites to accept the currency.
As a digital currency (or cryptocurrency), Electroneum is created, held, and spent entirely electronically. No one person or entity can control it or regulate it and can be done via the mobile app wallets making it easy to pay for goods and services.
Can you mine Electroneum?
Yes, Electroneum uses POW to secure its blockchain and requires decentralised support to keep the network running optimally.
Can you earn Electroneum?
Electroneum uses a proof of work algorithm to secure its blockchain and therefore it can be mined. Electroneum can be mined by CPU & GPU.
Electroneum is the first cryptocurrency to offer mobile mining from your Smartphone using a mobile app. It doesn’t actually use the resources of your phone but creates a simulation matches what the potential of your device would be, running this on a cloud server and generating hashes to mine Electroneum at that specific rate.
Once you produce enough hashes your account will be rewarded with Electroneum.
Mining Electroneum from the app
Download the Electroneum mobile app (currently only available for Android, iOS to be released in 2018) and get your referral code. Ask a friend to download the app and send them your referral code or let them scan the QR code directly from your phone, once they sign up you will receive 5 Electroneum coins.
If you’d like to use my referral code: 99A7DB
A bonus giveaway is also available for those who sign up 5 referrals in a week. You will automatically be entered into a draw to win 5000 Electroneum coins.
Where can you buy Electroneum?
Electroneum is listed on a few of international cryptocurrency exchanges and is actively traded on websites like:
Should you invest in Electroneum?
The Electroneum is a leap forward in the cryptocurrency market, making it possible for anyone with a mobile phone to participate in the network and lowering the barrier to entry. This has the potential to create viral growth and mass adoption.
However, their iOS app has not yet been released and their Android mining app is still currently in beta testing for a few users and blocked for anyone new wanting to get on board. Having your primary USP faltering like this does not bode well for investor confidence.
Additionally, if it wants to really stake a claim as a mobile currency it will need to drum up some business by partnering with popular mobile gaming apps and offer in-game currency and microtransactions that are quick, painless and easy.
While I do see the potential for Electroneum, I have to admit that the pace at which they’re planning to deliver a product that can generate revenue is a major worry for the future of this crypto.
For more on Electroneum check out their website
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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide any investment advice and is for educational purposes only. As of the time posting the writers may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency as all investments contain risk.