Telegram’s Premium subscription is here and it costs $ 4.99 / month

After announcing Telegram Premium earlier this month, the messaging app has finally rolled out the paid level, which gives users access to additional features for $ 4.99 / month (via TechCrunch). All the features are described in a post on Telegram’s blog, with some of its major features, including faster downloads and a larger maximum file upload size of 4 GB (instead of the standard 2 GB).

Premium subscribers will also receive double the limits imposed on standard users. Instead of joining up to 500 channels, subscribers are limited to 1,000 channels. The same goes for other features on Telegram – subscribers can create 20 chat folders with 200 chats each, save up to 10 stickers, pin up to 10 chats and add a total of four accounts to Telegram instead of three. Premium users also get longer bios with a link.

Telegram Premium subscribers get increased limits on the number of channels they can join and more.
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Some other perks include accessing a library of Premium stickers with more disgusting full-screen animations, exclusive emoji reactions, and animated profile pictures (similar to the ones you see on Steam). There is also text conversion for voice messages if you do not have headphones at hand, in addition to chat management tools that allow you to change your default chat folder. Oh, and subscribing to Premium removes sponsored messages in public channels.

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov’s view of the platform’s freemium level has remained unchanged since he first brought the option up in 2020. Consistent with what he said earlier, Durov stated last week that free features will remain free and new features will does not affect the Telegram experience for non-subscribers. This means that free Telegram users should be able to download larger files uploaded by subscribers, as well as see the premium reactions or emojis they use.

Durov also promised that Telegram will also not stop developing features for free users, which the platform appears to be following up on so far. The latest Telegram update shows verified badges in chats (not just profiles, search results, or chat lists), allows public groups to enable request requests, and adds a few platform-specific enhancements.

That said, Telegram Premium comes along a lot of features, many of which are likely to be attractive to the most active of Telegram’s – now 700 million strong – user base. I personally like that the majority of Premium’s perks are based on Telegram’s existing features. The new level does not put features behind a payment wall that should have been on the platform in the first place (just like what Twitter did with its “undo” button).

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