[Cryptography] Signal planning to support for plaintext SMS

Viktor Dukhovni cryptography at dukhovni.org
Sun Oct 30 20:24:28 EDT 2022

On Sun, Oct 30, 2022 at 01:06:04PM -0400, John Levine wrote:

> It appears that John Denker via cryptography <jsd at av8n.com> said:
> >If they think they can exert monopoly power and the network
> >effect to shift more traffic onto the encrypted Signal
> >channel, they are diametrically wrong about that. I betcha
> >traffic will shift the other way.
> I'm with you -- the app tells you what's Signal and what's SMS, and
> makes it easy to send a note to SMS correspondents to encourage them
> to switch to Signal. Maybe there are people too dim to tell the
> difference, or who still get stuck with giant roaming SMS fees (while
> somehow avoiding giant roaming data fees) but how likely are they to
> use Signal?
> If you want an messaging app that uses Signal's protocol and doesn't
> handle SMS, you can talk to a lot more people with WhatsApp than with
> Signal.

Sure seems like a good way to reduce the user base.  Perhaps that's the
idea?  Given the service is free, that can only save costs... :-(


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