One of my main concerns of messaging-apps today is the use of phone-numbers as the only option for usernames.
In my eyes, this is a mayor drawback:
- mobile numbers are registered to the person who bought it
- It makes it hard to have multiple accounts for different purposes
- Phone numbers are spread widely which makes it hard to limit the number of people you want to contact you on a given channel/app
Since you are working on a communication app, I can imagine that the idea might seem odd to limit the range of people to communicate with:-) But yes, there are contacts on my phone, that I don’t want to get in contact with if I can avoid it. (And no, “blocking” them is no option, turns out this hurts peoples feelings). I also have multiple mail addresses and google accounts etc
Is this phone-number-concept set in stone or are there any plans to get rid of this?
Btw: Why would my mobile device need a phone-number directly assigned to it some years from now? This concept is pretty old and VOIP removed this dependency for wired-phones years ago.