In the near future, Telegram Premium is going to charge for some of its features (via TechCrunch). In a blog post, Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov said that Telegram Premium. A paid messaging service with “extra features, speed, and resources” for users, will go live later this month.
New features, bigger file uploads, and stickers and reactions that only Premium users can use are all signs of what’s to come for those who pay for the service.
The free Telegram features
On the other hand, will stay free, and Durov makes it clear that the new features won’t change the free service in any way. Premium stickers and reactions, as well as the ability to see and interact with larger files. Available to people who don’t pay for the service.
Durov says it would be “unmanageable” if all users had access to what he calls “insane” limits on file sizes, conversations, and media. Premium membership would help cut down on some of these costs. Durov first talked about the idea of a paid membership in 2020. But it has been in the works ever since.
Not all Telegram Premium features are public. But it looks like this subscription will be for Telegram’s most active users. Much like how Twitter Blue gives those who use the app the most extra features. Based on data from the test version of the app, it will cost $4.99 a month and have features like faster downloads, text message transcription, chat customization tools, and more.
According to the beta that Durov put out last year, premium users will no longer see ads on one-to-many channels. Even though it looks like you might have to pay to get in, this is in line with Durov’s earlier promise to give people a way to turn off ads.
Even though the project turned out to be “more successful” than Durov had hoped. It doesn’t look like he has any plans to expand advertising beyond public media. Durov says in his article that Telegram “should be paid for mostly by its users, not by ads”. If we do things this way, our users will always come first in everything we do. This, of course, depends on how many of Telegram’s 500 million users decide to pay for the Premium version.
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