The Telegram chat service has officially announced the arrival of its paid subscription service. With Telegram Premium, users get access to 4GB file downloads, faster downloads, animated profile pictures, and exclusive stickers, among other things.
Telegram writes on its website about the new features of Premium, but does not mention the monthly price yet. TechCrunch be aware that the paid subscription costs between 5 and 6 dollars.
In return, subscribers get access to several exclusive features. This allows them to upload larger files. For free users it is still possible to upload documents, photos and videos up to 2 GB, for subscribers a limit of 4 GB applies. Free users can download oversized files shared by subscribers.
Premium users also get doubled limits in other areas. For example, they can follow a thousand channels, create twenty chat folders with two hundred conversations each, and pin ten chats to the master list.
In addition, Premium allows you to convert voice messages to text. It is not clear if this also works with Dutch messages.
Unique stickers and animated images
Unique (mobile) stickers will be available for Premium members to send to other people. New stickers are added to the collection every month, Telegram promises. Moreover, users can also add unique emoji reactions to messages. These are emojis that are pasted directly onto a message, such as a heart or a smiley face.
Premium users have the option to set a mobile profile picture. It is also available for free users. Also, subscribers no longer see ads. Sponsored posts can be seen in some countries, appearing among other posts in major public channels.
Telegram remains free
Free users can continue chatting for free as they already did. Innovations were also presented to them. Public groups can now enable membership requests, so admins can review new members before chatting.
Additionally, public figures and organizations can verify their group, channel, or bot with a blue checkmark. This allows them to demonstrate that they are an established source. For a blue tick, the person or organization must be verified on at least two other social networks.
Telegram announced that it now has 700 million monthly users worldwide.