Telegram Premium announced for $4.99 per month

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Earlier this month, Pavel Durov, the CEO of Telegram, had confirmed that the Premium subscription level of the popular cross-messaging platform will be coming to its subscribers this month.

Now, the company has officially rolled out Telegram Premium, its new paid subscription service, which will provide its subscribers with many exclusive extra features for $4.99 per month, such as 4 GB file uploads, faster downloads, exclusive stickers and responses, improved chat management and more.

Telegram Premium does not affect the experience for its free users, as all existing features remain free. In addition, non-premium users can enjoy some of the benefits of Premium.

For example, non-premium users can download oversized documents and view stickers sent by Premium users. They will also be able to add premium comments already pinned to a post to respond in the same way as premium users.

Contributions from premium subscribers will help improve and expand the app for decades to come, while Telegram remains free, independent and upholds its user-first values, redefining how a technology company should operate.

For the inexperienced, Telegram became one of the top five most downloaded apps worldwide in 2022 and now has over 700 million monthly active users. With Telegram Premium, the company aims to bring sustainable revenue to the service through its large user base.

“As Telegram continues to grow at lightning speed, many users have expressed their will to support our team. Today we are launching Telegram Premium – a subscription that allows you to support the further development of Telegram and which gives you access to exclusive additional features,” the Telegram team wrote in a blog post on Sunday.

“This allows us to provide all the resource-heavy features users have asked for over the years, while retaining free access to the world’s most powerful messenger.”

Let’s take a look at some of the exclusive features Telegram Premium offers:

4 GB uploads

Telegram currently allows its users to upload files up to 2 GB in size and get unlimited storage of these files on the Telegram Cloud for free. However, with Telegram Premium, subscribers can now send 4GB files, which is big enough for 4 hours of 1080p video or 18 days of high-quality audio.

All Telegram users can download these oversized documents whether or not they are subscribed to Telegram Premium.

Faster downloads

Premium subscribers can download media and files at the fastest possible speed from telegram servers.

Doubled Limits

Premium users can follow up to 1000 channels (out of 500), create up to 20 chat folders with up to 200 chats each, add a fourth account to any Telegram app, pin up to 10 chats to the main list, reserve up to 20 public t.me links and up to 10 favorite stickers and 400 favorite GIFs.

Speech-to-text

Telegram Premium introduces a speech-to-text transcription tool that allows users to convert voice messages to text for those times when they would rather read messages than hear what the audio is saying. These transcripts can be reviewed by the user so that they can be improved over time.

Unique stickers and reactions

Premium users can now send full screen animation stickers in any chat to add extra emotion and expressive effects that are visible to all users. This premium sticker collection is updated every month by Telegram artists. In addition, Premium users will also unlock more ways to respond to messages, with over 10 new emojis.

Chat management

Telegram Premium offers its users new tools to organize their chat list, such as changing their default chat folder so that the app always opens in a custom folder or, say, unread instead of all chats.

In addition, subscribers can enable a setting in Privacy and Security to automatically archive and mute new chats, organizing even the busiest chat lists.

Animated Profile Pictures

Premium users can enjoy animated profile videos throughout the app, including chats and the chat list, which will be visible to everyone.

Premium Badges

All premium users will receive a special badge that will appear next to their name in the chat list, chat heads and member lists in groups, proving that they actively support Telegram and are exclusive members of the Privileged Users Club.

Premium app icons

Premium users have the option to add new icons to their home screen to better suit their personality or wallpaper.

Ad-free experience

In some countries, Telegram shows sponsored messages on major and public one-to-many channels to help support operating costs. These ads will no longer appear for Telegram Premium subscribers.

Telegram Premium is currently only available for iPhone users, which was added in version 8.8. It is unknown when the paid version will be launched on Android.

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