On July 9, peer-to-peer bandwidth marketer Orchid announced the official launch of its crypto-currency-enabled VPN application at the Apple App Store. This move comes after the company witnessed record demand for VPN services worldwide.
iOS users will now be able to use Orchid Network services in the midst of the current fight against government surveillance in places like Dubai, China and Hong Kong.
One of the main features of Orchid’s VPN is that bandwidth providers are compensated with Orchid’s digital token, OXT.
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Strengthening users‘ internet privacy
Speaking to Cointelegraph, Dr. Steven Waterhouse, CEO of Orchid Labs, went into detail about the main motivations behind the expansion of Orchid’s VPN services on more platforms:
„Orchid’s mission is to enhance the global human right to privacy on the Internet. Orchid has been available to the crypto industry for some time, so the application launch is really about bringing privacy to a wider audience. The application even allows users to make purchases on the application for the crypto-backed credits needed to access the network, so users no longer need to bring their own OXT (although they can still do so).
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Use of OXT tokens on the platform
Dr. Waterhouse clarifies that, with his latest version of iOS, users do not have to buy OXT on an exchange to use Orchid. Instead, they can simply download the Orchid application from the Apple App Store and buy credits for purchases on the application.
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The CEO of Orchid Lab also added:
„Orchid users can now use Apple Pay to purchase OXT-backed credits needed to access bandwidth. By having our own digital asset, we can create incentives for our community to grow, as well as solve technical obstacles such as nanopayments.
Looking ahead, the Orchid team told Cointelegraph that they will focus on bringing the application to more people around the world:
„We are growing our communities globally and have expanded our reach with listings on Coinbase, Gemini, OKEx, Bittrex, Kraken, CoinDCX, MXC and others.