Bitcoin (BTC) without Internet: Is it possible?

Bitcoin (BTC) without Internet: Is it possible?

Monday September 12, 2022 ▪ 2:00 pm ▪
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Do you think that the widespread adoption of bitcoin will depend entirely on the legalization of this asset by our governors? Let’s not forget the other obstacles like the problem of access to the internet or electricity that prevent the use of cryptocurrencies, especially in developing countries. What prompted some bitcoin find other ways to overcome these limitations. This is precisely the case of Machankura developers.

Machankura, bitcoin via SMS?

During a trip to the Central African Republic last June, the delegation of bitcoin indicated that the legal BTC country would benefit a lot in Africa. Provided, of course, that the problem of internet access is resolved and a massive operation to electrify the region is implemented.

But it will take time and a lot of money to achieve it.

Pending adequate solutions, some project promoters have developed devices that are favorable for bitcoin transactions without internet. This is the case of Kgothatso Ngako, the South African developer behind Machankura.

Thanks to Machankura, millions of Africans with mobile phones will have access to the queen of cryptocurrencies through the cellular network (GSM). This is called “bitcoin via SMS”.

No smartphone or internet required. A simple mobile phone is enough, the medium by which Africans receive and send mobile money.

Interviewed by Cointelegraph, Kgothatso Ngako explains:

A person literally without internet access can have a bitcoin now and then spend it. »

A lot of the conversation in the space this year has been about USSD or accessing bitcoin via basic phones – this could be a part time project – just let me set it up. And that is basically how Machankura came into existence. “, he said.

And this project is timely since 94% of African financial transactions are based on USSD. The second is the protocol used to send text messages.

The idea to create Machankura came to KG after launching Exonumia, an African language translation project. In fact, he knows that the adoption of bitcoin must go through the consideration of issues of language and access to the Internet. A view shared by PaxFul’s founder.

By coding Machankura, he made sure to establish a healthy device, easy to access and manipulate.

All you have to do to register an account is a 5-digit pin code, and from there you’re presented with another menu: ‘Send and receive bitcoins’ “, emphasized Ngako.

Therefore, users will only need to enter the USSD codes to configure addresses on the Lightning Network. And this address will be directly linked to their phone number. This facility would be the result of a collaboration with Bitrefill, an African prepaid gift card service for Bitcoin, and “ One for you ‘, voucher provider.

Note that Machankura is only accessible in 6 African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.

In the image below you will find the USSD codes to access these facilities through Machankura.


No internet, no bitcoin? There is no way. Bitcoin and its followers will not stop at an obstacle as small as the Internet. Machankura is proof of that. The ham radio network and the standard Blockstream satellite TV solution are also among the other options. But Machankura easily coincides with the daily practices of Africans, it is better to speed up the democratization of bitcoin in the cradle of humanity.

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