Encrypted messaging platform Telegram has announced a paid subscription to its platform that will likely cost around $5 (about Rs 400) per month.
Telegram has more than 700 million monthly active users (MAUs) and has become one of the top five most downloaded apps worldwide this year. Telegram competes directly with WhatsApp and Signal.
By subscribing to Telegram Premium, users unlock double limits, 4GB file uploads, faster downloads, exclusive stickers and comments, improved chat management, and more.
Non-premium users can take advantage of some of the benefits of Premium, such as downloading oversized documents and viewing stickers sent by premium users, as well as tapping the counter on premium responses already attached to a message added to increase.
Contributions from premium subscribers will enhance and expand the app over the coming decades, while Telegram remains free, independent and upholds its user-first values, redefining how a tech company should operate, Telegram said.
Any user can upload large files and media, each up to 2 GB in size, and enjoy unlimited storage in the Telegram Cloud for free.
Telegram Premium allows subscribers to send 4 GB files, enough space for 4 hours of 1080p video or 18 days of high-quality audio.
Premium subscribers can download media and files at the fastest possible speed.
Premium Telegram subscribers can follow up to 1,000 channels, create up to 20 chat folders with up to 200 chats each, add a fourth account to any Telegram app, pin 10 chats to the main list, and save up to 10 favorite stickers. Likewise, Premium allows adding more characters to media captions. The premium users can also write a longer bio and include a link in it.