Telegram, announced the official rollout of its paid “Premium” subscription service marking the first big step towards what the WhatsApp-rival is calling sustainable monetisation.
- The paid tier will cost $4.99/month and will give users access to up to 4GB file uploads, faster downloads, exclusive stickers and reactions, and more.
- Telegram Premium will allow users to share files up to 4GB. At present, users can send files up to 2GB in size.
- All users, whether they have a subscription or not, will be able to download large files, even larger than 2 GB.
- The new Telegram Premium subscription service will also provide users with faster download speeds.
- The company’s blog post states that users will be able to access everything in their unlimited cloud storage “as fast as the network can keep up.”
- The contributions of premium subscribers will help improve and expand the app for decades to come, while Telegram will remain free, independent and uphold its users-first values, redefining how a tech company should operate.
- Premium users will be able to follow up to 1,000 channels and create up to 20 chat folders with 200 chats each. Users will also receive new chat management tools.
- Telegram Premium users will also be able to pin up to 10 chats to the main chat list and save up to 10 favourite stickers. Users will also be able to send full-screen animated stickers, which will be visible to the user on the other end, even if they don’t have a premium subscription.
- Telegram will continue to update these stickers monthly. Subscribers will also be able to write a longer bio with a link. Users will also be able to reserve up to 20 public t.me links and use animated profile videos.
- They will also get a premium badge that will appear next to their name in the chat list.
- Lastly, Telegram Premium users will have an ad-free experience on the platform.