After announcing Telegram Premium earlier this month, the messaging app has finally rolled out the paid tier, which gives users access to additional features for $4.99/month (via TechCrunch). All of the features are covered in a Telegram blog post, with some of its biggest draws including faster downloads and a maximum file upload size of 4GB (rather than the standard 2GB).
Premium subscribers will also benefit from double the limits imposed on standard users. Instead of joining up to 500 channels, subscribers are capped at 1,000 channels. The same goes for other Telegram features – subscribers can create 20 chat folders with 200 chats each, save up to 10 stickers, pin up to 10 chats, and add a total of four accounts to Telegram instead of three. Premium users also get a longer bios with a link.
Some other perks include access to a premium sticker library with more obnoxious full-screen animations, exclusive emoji reactions, and animated profile pictures (much like the ones you see on Steam). There’s also text conversion for voicemail in case you don’t have headphones handy, in addition to chat management tools that let you change your default chat folder. Oh, and subscribing to Premium removes sponsored posts on public channels.
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov’s view of the platform’s freemium tier has remained unchanged since he first raised the possibility in 2020. Consistent with what he said previously, Durov said last week that free features will remain free and new features will not impact 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 premium reactions or emojis they use.
Durov also promised that Telegram wouldn’t stop developing features for free users either, which the platform seems to be following so far. Telegram’s latest update shows verified badges in chats (not just in profiles, search results or chat lists), gives public groups the ability to enable join requests, and adds some specific improvements to the platform.
That said, Telegram Premium comes with a lot of features, many of which are likely to be attractive to Telegram’s most active user base – now 700 million strong -. Personally, I like that the majority of Premium’s benefits build on Telegram’s existing features. The new tier doesn’t put features behind a paywall that should have been on the platform in the first place (much like what Twitter did with its “undo” button).