After announcing Telegram Premium earlier this monththe messaging app finally introduced a paid level that gives users access to additional features for $ 4.99 / month (via TechCrunch). All features are described Telegram blog postwith some of its larger drawings, including faster downloads and a larger maximum file size of 4GB (instead of the standard 2GB).
Premium subscribers will also receive double restrictions imposed on standard users. Instead of joining up to 500 channels, subscribers are limited to 1000 channels. The same goes for other Telegram features – subscribers can create 20 chat folders with 200 chats each, save up to 10 stickers, hang up to 10 chats and add a total of four Telegram accounts instead of three. Premium users may also have a longer connection bios.
Some other benefits include access to a library of Premium stickers with more disgusting full-screen animations, exclusive emoji reactions and animated profile photos (something like the ones you see on Steam). There’s also text conversion for voice messages in case you don’t have headphones on hand, in addition to chat management tools that allow you to change your default chat folder. Oh, and subscribing to Premium removes sponsored messages on public channels.
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov’s views on the free layer of the platform have remained unchanged since he first mentioned this possibility in 2020. In accordance with what Durov said earlier said last week that the free features will remain free and the new features will 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 first-class reactions or emojis they use.
Durov also promised that Telegram would also stop developing features for free users, which the platform seems to be following so far. The latest Telegram update shows verified chat icons (not just profiles, search results, or chat lists), enables public groups to activate join requests, and adds several platform-specific enhancements.
That said, Telegram Premium comes with a lot features, many of which are likely to be attractive to Telegram’s most active user base – now numbering 700 million. I personally like that most of the benefits of Premium are based on existing Telegram features. The new level does not put features behind a paid wall that should have been on the platform in the first place (type like what Twitter did with its “cancel” button.).