Encrypted messaging platform Telegram announced paid subscription on its platform that is likely to cost around $5 (about Rs 400) per month.
Telegram has over 700 million monthly active users (MAUs) and has become one of the top-five downloaded apps worldwide this year. Telegram directly competes with WhatsApp and Signal.
By subscribing to Telegram Premium, users will unlock doubled limits, 4 GB file uploads, faster downloads, exclusive stickers and reactions, improved chat management and more.
Non-premium users will be able to enjoy some of Premium’s benefits, like download the extra-large documents and view stickers sent by premium users, as well as tap to increase counters on premium reactions that were already added to a message.
The contributions of premium subscribers will improve and expand the app for decades to come, while Telegram will remain free, independent and uphold its users-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 enables subscribers to send 4 GB files, enough space for 4 hours of 1080p video, or 18 days of high-quality audio.
Premium subscribers are able to 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 in the main list and save up to 10 favorite stickers. Similarly, Premium allows adding more characters to media captions. The premium users can also write a longer bio and include a link in it.