Cloud-based encrypted instant messaging platform Telegram was launched in 2013. As reported by Forbes, the service was co-founded by Pavel Durov and brother Nikolai. It has become a popular messaging platform in recent years, competing with other services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Telegram, once a free service, in an attempt to monetize the platform, recently announced a paid subscription service.
The company recently announced the implementation Subscribe to Telegram Premium. The company has stated that Telegram Premium will help the success of the application and will make it more user-friendly as it will provide exclusive features to the users who will support the platform.
Meanwhile, Telegram will not fully become a paid app as existing features will be available to all users. However, a Premium subscription adds some extra features.
Telegram Premium: Pricing and Availability
Telegram Premium subscription is available now at Rs 460 per month and it extends customer’s limit to use some extra features not available to non-paid users. As announced in a blog post by the messaging platform, subscriptions are available to users around the world. However, new Premium plans will be available for both Android and iOS only on the latest version of the app.
Additional Features in Telegram Premium
According to the company, the new features will first be introduced to Telegram Premium users before being made available to regular users. Some features will be exclusive to Premium users only.
Support for larger and faster file sharing
Regular users can now send and receive files up to 2GB, but Premium users’ limit will double to 4GB. The increased size will help users upload large files like 4K videos or Full HD movies and music albums. However, it’s important to note that the average user can easily download these large files, but not upload them. Furthermore, Telegram Premium users will be able to achieve faster upload and download speeds than non-premium users.
Double group limit and other features
Currently, regular users can join up to 500 groups and channels and save up to 200 favorite GIFs. Telegram Premium users will be able to join up to 1000 groups and can have 400 GIFs of their choice. Paid users can also create up to 20 chat folders with up to 200 chats per folder.
Other Extra Features
Telegram Premium offers other important features including – built-in audio to text message converter, unique stickers and reactions, updated chat manager that can create custom folders, photos dynamic profiles, special app icons, no ads on public channels, and premium profile badges for paying customers.
New improvements for casual users
Telegram has also announced that it will “continue to roll out free features” to regular users. In the regular version of the service, public groups can trigger a request to join, and admins will be able to review new members before approving them. The messaging app will also allow verification badges for non-premium users with confirmed sources. The company has also promised to add better bots and has included 100 fixes and optimizations for smoother animations and better audio and video quality.
For Android, the new update will also improve chat previews and enable autosave to gallery. The new update will also improve external sharing on iOS and the dynamic profile picture maker on macOS.