Electron Cash Launches on Basic Feature Phones

A new version of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) centric wallet Electron Cash which can run on Nokia-style, basic feature phones has been introduced, making the BCH ecosystem more versatile. 

In February, the Electron Cash lead developer Jonald Fyookball announced that Coingeek would fund their programming team, and the company would launch various features throughout the year. So far, the group has released a new iOS version of the wallet and included a Coinshuffle plugin on the client’s desktop version. This week, the team has launched the Java Micro-Edition (J2ME) version of the wallet which is available to feature phones like the less-sophisticated Nokia phones.

“Electron Cash published a new wallet: The ‘J2ME’ version of Electron Cash. J2ME stands for Java Micro-Edition,” the Electron Cash lead developer told Coingeek.

“With Electron Cash for J2ME, now users who only have access to basic ‘feature phones’ such as the Nokia 216 will still have access to a real Bitcoin Cash SPV wallet, with all the benefits that come with it, including controlling their own private keys and being able to restore their wallet from a mnemonic seed phrase.”

The proponents of BCH are anticipating the Electron Cash client for feature phones as it could help boost adoption in locations where basic phones are more popular such as Africa and Asia. According to Counterpoint Research, there are around 1.3 billion feature phone users worldwide.

The development team said the source code of the Electron Cash J2ME version is available for review on Github. “The original python code was rewritten in Java, mostly from scratch, in order to build this wallet. It is currently published on GitHub as an alpha release and is currently being reviewed and tested,” Fyookball noted.