Elon Musk Says He Will Give Up His Phone Number And ‘Only Use X’ For Texts And Calls


Tech billionaire Elon Musk has made a startling announcement: he will discontinue his phone number in a “few months” and completely switch to his social media platform, X, for texts and calls.What Happened: Musk made the announcement on X, stating his decision to go all-in on X in his endeavor to make it an “everything app.””In a few months, I will discontinue my phone number and only use X for texts and audio/video calls.”However, the question remains on how Musk will deal with the two-factor authentication that some apps and services require.While he can switch to a hardware security key for multi-factor authentication and end his reliance on SMS-based one-time passwords, X also requires a verified phone number, especially for accounts with blue ticks.His followers pointed this out on X, and while some suggest X could make an exception for its owner, it might not matter for the time being since Musk’s account has already been verified.However, not all apps and services that offer multi-factor authentication support security keys, which might make it tricky for Musk if he does end up discontinuing his phone number.See Also: X Premium And Apple Vision Pro: Elon Musk’s Suggestion For The Best Way To Experience XWhy It Matters: Musk and X CEO Linda Yaccarino have been pushing to transform the social media platform into an “everything app” for a while now.The “everything” part of this vision includes “unlimited interactivity”, from audio/video, messaging, payments, and more, according to Yaccarino.For what it’s worth, audio and video calls are already available on X. Premium users can also post longer, higher-quality videos on the platform and download them to their devices.Premium users can also send private messages to everyone else on X, while non-paying users can only send to those who follow them back.Check out more of Benzinga’s Consumer Tech coverage by following this link.Read Next: Elon Musk Calls Disney ‘DEI Gestapo’ After Memo Leak: ‘No Wonder Most Of Their Content … Has Sucked’Photo courtesy: Shutterstock

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