Telegram promises to finish messy launch of its cryptocurrency Gram by October 31 (
The long-awaited cryptocurrency token from instant messaging platform Telegram is allegedly rolling out to investors very soon, but we should remain skeptical.

According to a report from The New York Times, Telegram will be delivering the “first batches” of the Gram tokens to investors by October 31.

Three investors – that have spoken with Telegram – told NYT that the messaging app is planning to make Gram wallets available to two-thirds of its 300 million global users. NYT‘s sources asked to remain anonymous as they have signed nondisclosure agreements.

The informants also told NYT that a test net of the Gram network will be released within the next week or two.It’s a bold move from the messaging platform. Similar companies, like Facebook and Kik, have faced continued scrutiny over plans for their so-called cryptocurrencies.

Kik’s Kin token has been dragged across the regulatory coals following comments from the company’s CEO to employees that demand would be so great for the token its price would be sure to rise. “Buy today, sell tomorrow, profit,” he said.

As for Libra, it’s been an onslaught of regulatory challenges and scrutiny ever since it officially announced plans for its cryptocurrency. It’s faced Senate hearingscompetition probes from the EU, and even early members of its Libra Association are thinking about leaving the project.

Telegram however, has largely progressed unchallenged, mostly because it’s been quite secretive about its plans for Gram.Compared to the likes of Facebook, there hasn’t been much news about Telegram’s Gram token, even its initial token sale last year was a predominantly private affair.

In May 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Telegram had raked in nearly $1.7 billion by selling Gram tokens to private accredited investors. After the initial coin offering – which remains one of the largest ever – Telegram decided to ditch its public offering.

However, Telegram wants to make Gram a new type currency for use in international payments, which means normal folk will need to be able to get their hands on it. And so far, there haven’t been many ways for individuals to buy Gram tokens directly from Telegram itself.

Circulating Gram tokens have largely come about as early backers and accredited investors sell off their tokens. Something we can expect more of in November, assuming Telegram sticks to its October 31 deadline.

Earlier this year, Asia’s biggest holder of Telegram’s tokens, Gram Asia, ran a sale of its own Gram tokens on cryptocurrency trading platform

 According to a report from Bloomberg, Gram Asia sold rights to its Gram tokens for $4.00 a piece, nearly three times the price of the token during its ICO.

As it stands, there is barely a real-world use case for Gram tokens and motivations to buy it have been fuelled by speculation that it will be worth more at a later date.

So we should remain skeptical.What’s more, given the furore surrounding Libra, we shouldn’t expect regulators to let Gram slip through the net uncontested.
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    Kristal Saints Content Creator at Cristal Saints Doesn’t seem very clear to me what exactly this token was created for.
    Currently Gram tokens doesn’t seem to have any real-world use case and knowing the prime motivation to purchase this token is merely fueled by speculation doesn’t seem interesting or innovative at all. While researching on Telegram’s purchase agreement the stipulation is that buyers must not offer, swap, sell or dispose of their tokens “directly or indirectly” before its launch and if the investors where to break this agreement telegram may opt to cancel their allocation. Even so there is a secondary market where sellers offer these tokens at a higher price while signing IOUs between both interested parties. Uncertainty and a delayed launch plus the secrecy between these deals doesn’t seems to encourage trust and safety while operating.
    Regulators must keep their eyes on this one.
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    Francisco Gimeno - BC Analyst How is Gram going to work? On the wake of more and more regulators already contesting ICOs, tokens and crypto/blockchain investments to stick with the rules, this announcement raises more questions than enthusiasm. We need more data before getting a strong opinion on Gram.