Helium Mobile (MOBILE) is spearheading a dynamic shift in the crypto market towards smaller-cap altcoins, with its price surging by 90% in the last 24 hours to $0.0072.
The altcoin’s surge is mirrored in its trading volume, which has escalated by 243%, reaching $19.8 million.
The driving force behind Helium Mobile’s rapid price increase is attributed to the recent launch of its nationwide unlimited mobile services, priced competitively at $20 per month. This strategic move has led to the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) amassing an estimated 8,000 subscribers.
A unique aspect of Helium Mobile’s service is the integration of blockchain technology, offering subscribers the chance to earn ‘mapping rewards.’
Subscribers who opt to share their phone’s session connection data with Helium are rewarded with a non-fungible token (NFT) minted into their Helium wallet based on the Solana blockchain. These NFT holders receive a proportion of the MOBILE mapping rewards, which accounts for 20% of all $MOBILE rewards.
The approach not only incentivizes users but also aids Helium Mobile in collecting valuable location data, ultimately reducing network usage costs and enhancing service efficiency.
Salvador Gala, co-founder of Escape Velocity Ventures, a firm investing in decentralized web technologies, provided insights into Helium Mobile NFT issuance. According to Gala, approximately 8,000 individuals have received the Helium Mobile NFT, a figure that closely mirrors the company’s subscriber count.
Additionally, about 34,000 individuals have engaged with the app for mapping purposes, though they may not have subscribed to the service yet.
This surge in Helium Mobile’s value comes amid a general downturn in the broader cryptocurrency market. The total market capitalization currently stands at $1.55 trillion, having experienced a 2.52% decline.