Telegram’s Premium subscription is coming later this month

Telegram’s Premium subscription is coming later this month with some of its features (via TechCrunch). In a message on the platform, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said that a paid Telegram Premium subscription will be available later this month, giving users “extra features, speed, and resources.”
Durov teases some of the benefits of the membership, such as early access to new features, larger file uploads, and Premium-only stickers and comments (which were recently previewed in a beta version of the app).

However, Durov makes it clear that Telegram’s present functionality will remain free, and that the new features will have no impact on the app’s experience for free users. Non-subscribers will still be able to view and interact with Premium stickers and reactions, as well as the larger files posted by Premium users.

As Durov argues, a Premium subscription will help the service cover some of the costs associated with raising the “already ridiculous” limits on file sizes, conversations, and media, which would be “unmanageable” if made available to all users. A paid subscription has been in the works for some time, with Durov initially hinting at it in 2020.

Although the exact scope of Premium features is unknown, it appears that the subscription will appeal to Telegram’s power users, similar to how Twitter Blue provides extra capabilities to the app’s most frequent users. According to information obtained from the beta version of the app, it will cost $4.99 a month and will include features such as speedier downloads, voice-to-text messages, chat customization options, and more.

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Premium users will not see adverts in one-to-many channels, according to the beta, which Durov introduced last year. This is in accordance with Durov’s previous pledge to provide a mechanism for customers to turn off adverts, albeit it appears that you may have to pay to get access.

Despite the fact that the project was “more effective” than he anticipated, Durov does not appear to have intentions to expand advertising beyond public media. “I believe Telegram should be paid primarily by its users, rather than advertisements,” writes Durov in his blog post. “In this way, our customers will always come first.” Of course, Telegram’s future rests on whether it can persuade a significant portion of its more than 500 million users to upgrade to Premium.

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