Telegram Premium: Paid version will be released this month

Telegram has confirmed that it is working on a premium version , and the launch will take place later in June. The information came from Pavel Durov, the platform commander.

In a post made on the messenger, Durov confirmed the launch of the novelty for this month and provided explanations about the existence of a premium version of Telegram. According to the app’s commander, the paid option will allow you to bring even more features to the messenger, which already “overcomes” the competition in its free version.

“Many have been asking us to push the current limits even further, so we look for ways to allow you to go further,” explains Pavel Durov. “The problem here is that if we had to remove all limits for everyone, our server and traffic costs would become unmanageable, so the party would unfortunately be over for everyone.”

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The Telegram commander explained that the app’s current functions will remain free and more free functions will also arrive on the platform. In addition, some features of the premium version can also be viewed by non-paying users, such as stickers and heavy files.

Telegram Premium pricing and features

Telegram has yet to reveal the price and the full list of features that will be available in the paid version of the app. However, recent leaks coming from the app have already given an idea about what’s new.

According to the information, Telegram Premium should cost US$ 4.99 per month, about R$ 24 at the current price. By paying the monthly fee, the user will have access to the app’s special features , such as sending files up to 4 GB, unlimited file transfer speed, support for more GIFs and other new features.

Telegram will soon start putting some features behind a paywall (via TechCrunch). In a post on the platform, founder Pavel Durov announced that the messaging service is launching a paid Telegram Premium subscription later this month, giving users “additional features, speed and resources.”

Durov hints at some of the features coming with the subscription, including early access to new features, the ability to upload larger files, and Premium-only stickers and reactions (which were recently previewed in a beta version of the app).

But Durov also makes it clear that Telegram’s existing features will stay free, and that the paid features won’t affect the experience for free users on the app. Non-subscribers will still get to look at the larger files uploaded by Premium users, and will also get to view and interact with Premium stickers and reactions.

As Durov explains, a Premium subscription should help the service mitigate some of the costs associated with bumping up what Durov calls the “already crazy” limits on file sizes, chats, and media — something Durov says would be “unmanageable” if offered to all users. A paid subscription has been in the works for a while now, with Durov first mentioning the possibility in 2020.

Although the full range of Premium features is still unclear, it looks like the subscription will cater to Telegram’s power users, sort of like the way Twitter Blue brings additional features to the people who use the app the most. Data gathered from the beta version of the app suggests it will cost $4.99 / month and will come with faster downloads, voice-to-text messages, tools to customize your chats, and more

The beta also indicates Premium users won’t have ads in one-to-many channels, something Durov introduced last year. This is in line with Durov’s previous promise that he would give users a way to turn ads off, though it looks like you might have to pay to gain access.

Durov doesn’t seem to have plans to expand ads beyond public channels, despite the initiative being “more successful” than what he initially thought. “I believe that Telegram should be funded primarily by its users, not advertisers,” Durov says in his post. “This way our users will always remain our main priority.” Of course, this outlook probably also depends on whether Telegram can entice a large enough chunk of its more than 500 million users to buy into Premium.

Telegram will finally get a new subscription plan. The CEO of the messaging app has confirmed that the Telegram Premium will be launched later in June. Durov said that Telegram is funded primarily by its users, not advertisers.” So starting from June, users will have to pay for some of the features. However, Telegram will not charge for the existing features. Only the new features will be chargeable.

Talking about its new Premium plan, Pavel Durov noted on its Telegram channel, “After giving it some thought, we realized that the only way to let our most demanding fans get more while keeping our existing features free is to make those raised limits a paid option. That’s why this month we will introduce Telegram Premium, a subscription plan that allows anyone to acquire additional features, speed and resources. It will also allow users to support Telegram and join the club that receives new features first.

Durov said that premium services have been launched for users who have been asking Telegram to “raise the current limits even further.” He also stated that the feature will provide more speed and resources.” However, he stated that the problem is removed is that if they remove all limits for everyone, Telegram’s server and traffic costs would become unmanageable. So he thought the only way to increase limits is by making them a paid option.

He further stated that even users who don’t subscribe to Telegram Premium will get access to some of the features. Durov noted that users will be able to view extra-large documents, media and stickers sent by Premium users, or tap to add Premium reactions already pinned to a message to react in the same way.

Last month, Telegram introduced a boost of features including custom notification sounds, custom mute durations, auto delete menu in profiles, replies in forwarded and message translations on iOS.

Back in 2021, India was the largest market for Telegram with 22 per cent of its lifetime installs. Telegram has been around since 2013 but it witnessed an exponential growth only after WhatsApp’s confusing policies came into play. A lot of users who were clueless about WhatsApp’s new terms of service and privacy policies downloaded Telegram, fearing invasion of privacy.

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