Telegram has finally launched its Premium subscription at the cost of $4.99 per month. However, non-subscribers have nothing to fear as the features they have access to will remain free.
The messaging platform announced the new subscription earlier this month, but it is now live for interested Telegram users. The features subscribers will enjoy include “doubled limits, 4 GB file uploads, faster downloads, exclusive stickers, and reactions, improved chat management – and a whole lot more.”
In addition, the premium tier will let you join up to 1,000 groups instead of 500. You will also create 20 chat folders that can contain 200 chats each, and save up to 10 stickers. Other premium features include pinning up to 10 chats, and using four Telegram accounts instead of three. And if you have felt constrained by the limits on bios, you can pay $4.99 per month to have a longer bio and even put a link there.
You will also have access to a collection of Premium stickers and enjoy more animations. The perks also include exclusive emojis and animated profile pictures.
More practically, premium subscribers can use text conversion for audio messages so that you will read them instead of listening. This should be handy when you don’t have earphones and would rather not let others hear your message.
Premium users will also be able to avoid the inconveniences of sponsored messages on public channels.
Meanwhile, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov has reassured the teeming users that the new premium feature won’t take anything away from non-subscribers. So, if you do not plan to upgrade to the premium service, your Telegram experience will not become worse.
Durov also said Telegram would continue to prioritize improving the user experience for non-subscribers. It will continue to develop new features, which the company has been doing. For instance, a recent update lets you display verified badges in chats and allows public groups to enable requests to join by prospective members, amid other improvements.
Telegram already comes with lots of features compared to other messaging platforms. It now boasts 700 million users globally.